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Drawing of Alice Ernestine Prin, known as Kiki de Montparnasse

Drawing of Alice Ernestine Prin, known as Kiki de Montparnasse

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The Queen of Montparnasse, Kiki, presents her famous signed portrait to an admirer.

  • Drawing created and signed by Alice Ernestine Prin, known as Kiki de Montparnasse, for an unknown admirer.
  • In French.
  • The drawing (7.2 cm x 9 cm) is pasted on a sheet of paper (11.5 cm x 16 cm).
  • Probably in France, in Paris, without information about the date.
  • Slightly yellowed paper, excellent condition.
  • Unique piece.

Text on front (author unknown)

The famous model
Alice Ernestine Prin
Dictate Kiki
pair elle-même

which can be translated by:

the famous model
Alice Ernestin Prin
known as Kiki
for herself

Text on back (author unknown)

[part of a drawing]

44 rue des Martyrs

Kiki de Montparnasse, or Kiki, pseudonym of Alice Ernestine Prin (1901-1953), was a model, muse and, at times, even lover of famous artists (Amado Modigliani, Tsugouharu Fujita, Moise Kipling, Man Ray, among others) . She was also a singer, dancer, cabaret manager, painter and film actress. He animated the Montparnasse neighborhood, in Paris, between the two world wars (1921-1939), in the period of artistic effervescence of the so-called Les Années Folles (The Crazy Years).

At the end of the First World War, the French are beginning to regain their taste for living serenely after years of war and hardship. A radically new wind seems to be blowing in the country. In Paris, the Montparnasse district symbolizes this renewal, it is the time of Josephine Baker, Coco Chanel, Kiki de Montparnasse...

First muse of great painters, Kiki de Montparnasse also began to draw portraits for British and American soldiers, conquered by this wave of creative and liberating euphoria, taking advantage of this friendly and resolutely modern atmosphere. Subsequently, he regularly exhibited his paintings in Paris galleries.

Few drawings by Kiki de Montparnasse have survived to this day, especially in excellent condition like this one. For those who like Paris, its immense cultural life, the 1920s are particularly important, especially for its brilliant artists, whom Kiki met and inspired with her "French sensuality": her short hair, eyes highlighted in black and lips painted red live made her world famous.

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