Acrylics on linen
Size painting: 20 cm (w) x 30 cm (h)
Artist: Jitske Schols
Year of production: 2022
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Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell (1903 – 1977) was a French-Cuban-American diarist, essayist, novelist and writer of short stories and erotica. She met Caresse Crosby at a party at the surrealist painter Yves Tanguy’s house in the winter of 1939. Black Sun Press, ran by Caresse Crosby published some of the early works of many authors who would later become famous, among them Ernest Hemingway, Archibald MacLeish, Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Kay Boyle, Charles Bukowski, Hart Crane, and Robert Duncan. Anaïs Nin about Caresse Crosby: “Caresse Crosby enters with the buoyancy of a powder puff, caressing voice (was this how she gained the nickname of Caresse from Harry Crosby?), her fur hat, her eyelashes, her smile all glittery with animation. The word on her lips is always yes, and all her being says yes yes yes to all that is happening and all that is offered her.”
‘Never no’ was the motto of Caresse Crosby (born Mary Phelps Jacob; April 20, 1892 – January 24, 1970) and is the title of a series of paintings inspired by her life. She was the inventor of the modern bra, but somehow that was only a minor detail in her extravagant life. She was a notorious figure in 1920s Paris, embracing the bohemian life with indulgences like booze, opium and wild parties. She was the patron to the literary Lost Generation, moved in the highest artistic circles (Dali, Picasso), owned a castle, but unfortunately her story has been largely forgotten.
‘Anaïs’ is a painting on linen canvas and was produced in 2022 by artist Jitske Schols.