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Francesc Riba-Rovira, 11 Aug 1913 - 2002  Search this
Gertrude Stein, 3 Feb 1874 - 27 Jul 1946  Search this
Oil on canvas
Image (measured in frame): 90.5 x 71.8cm (35 5/8 x 28 1/4")
Frame: 119.4 x 100.3 x 14cm (47 x 39 1/2 x 5 1/2")
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Patronage always remained an important aspect of Stein’s reputation, and at the end of her life she was still on the lookout for promising artists when she came upon Francisc Riba-Rovira, a young Spanish painter at work on a cityscape in her picturesque Paris neighborhood. In 1945 he painted her portrait at least twice, and he was the last painter for whom Stein sat. Diminished by the war years and already ailing from the cancer that would take her life, Stein is gaunt in Riba-Rovira’s portrait. The artist created a coat of arms for her, basing it on her bookplate. Two identical hounds rear up on either side of an Edenic apple tree as a serpent winds its way around the trunk—perhaps a metaphor for Stein and Toklas’s fruitful erotic relationship. The portrait was included in Riba-Rovira’s first solo exhibition in Paris, for which Stein wrote an introduction printed in an accompanying handout.
Gertrude Stein: Female  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Literature\Writer\Poet  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Literature\Writer\Librettist  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Visual Arts\Art Collector  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Literature\Writer\Novelist  Search this
Gertrude Stein: Visual Arts\Art Patron  Search this
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Owner: Alida and Christopher Latham
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Catalog of American Portraits