Una, Lady Troubridge
Romaine Brooks had an absolutely fascinating, romantic, and tragic personal life. Her portraits have a strength and directness that challenges the viewer. What I love most about them is they portray a steely-ness that women rarely posess in oil paintings. They're not pale, pillowy bosomed nudes, or demure aristocratic ladies, or the millionth incarnation of the Virgin Mary. It's refreshing and inspiring.