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11. Modernist Portraits

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Gertrude Stein - Selected Archive Items

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[4003] Carl Van Vechten, Portrait of Gertrude Stein, New York (1934),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-103678].
Stein became a celebrity in the United States and Europe because of her radical experiments with language and her importance to the world of modern art.

[4004] Carl Van Vechten, Portrait of Gertrude Stein (1935),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62- 103680].
Photograph of Stein standing in front of American flag. Although Stein considered herself American, she lived in Paris, where she offered patronage to many promising expatriate American writers.

[4024] Henri Matisse, Goldfish and Sculpture (Les Poissons) (1911),
courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.
Painting by modern artist Henri Matisse. Gertrude Stein and her brother Leo began collecting original works of modern art in the early 1900s, including paintings by Matisse and Picasso.

[7849] Linda Watts, Interview: "Gertrude Stein's Relationship to Feminism" (2002),
courtesy of Annenberg Media.
Watts, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences director and professor of American studies (University of Washington, Bothell), discusses Stein's feminist beliefs and commitment to women's rights. Although not aligned with the suffrage movement, Stein challenged restrictive gender norms.

[7850] Catharine Stimpson, Interview: "Gertrude Stein, Experimentalism, and Science" (2001),
courtesy of Annenberg Media.
Stimpson, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science (New York University), discusses the influence of Stein's scientific training on her literary work, particularly the expec-tations of trial and error in experiments.



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