Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mid-Week Masters: Romaine Brooks



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.

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