Thursday, March 29, 2012
The Last Nude by Ellis Avery
Many well-known lesbians from that era make appearances -- Sylvia Beach, Djuna Barnes, Romaine Brooks and Gertrude Stein to name a few. Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas and Barnes' Nightwood would make excellent companion reads for The Last Nude.
Never having heard of Lempicka before, I went looking for images of her paintings online. The cool eroticism of Lempika's work is reflected in Avery's characterization of the painter. The book's jacket cover image is Lempicka's The Dream. The model is Rafaela. She now feels like a real person to me.