What is Gertrude Stein?

  • (noun): Experimental expatriate United States writer (1874-1946).
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Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein (February 3, 1874 – July 27, 1946) was a noted American art collector of seminal modernist paintings and an experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays, which eschewed the narrative, linear, and temporal conventions of 19th century literature. She moved to Paris in 1903, making France her home for the remainder of her life. For some forty years, the Stein home on the Left Bank of Paris would become a renowned Saturday evening gathering place for expatriate American artists and writers, and others noteworthy in the world of vanguard arts and letters. Entrée and membership in the Stein salon was a sought-after validation, signifying that Stein had recognized a talent worthy of inclusion into a rarefied group of gifted artists. Stein became combination mentor, critic, and guru to those who gathered around her. A self-defined "genius", she was described as an imposing figure with a commanding manner whose inordinate self-confidence could intimidate. Among her coterie she was referred to as “Le Stein” and with less laudatory deference as “The Presence.”

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Henri Matisse - Gertrude Stein, Académie Matisse, and The Cone Sisters
... and Picasso were first brought together at the Paris salon of Gertrude Stein and her companion Alice B ... During the first decade of the 20th century, Americans in Paris— Gertrude Stein, her brothers Leo Stein, Michael Stein and Michael's wife Sarah—were important collectors and supporters of Matisse's paintings ... In addition Gertrude Stein's two American friends from Baltimore, the Cone sisters Claribel and Etta, became major patrons of Matisse and Picasso, collecting hundreds of their paintings ...
Gertrude Stein - Related Exhibits
... The Steins Collect Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New-York, February 28 – June 3, 2012 ... The Steins Collect Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, May 21, 2011 – September 6, 2011, http//www.sfmoma.org/exhib_events/exhibitions/4 ... Seeing Gertrude Stein five stories, Washington, D.C ...
The Book Of Salt - Characters - Gertrude Stein
... Truong creates a creative depiction of Gertrude Stein's private life during her time in Paris ... Gertrude Stein abstains from the routines of domestic life, preferring to focus on her writing or inspiration for it and leaving the management of 27 Rue de Fleurus to her lover ...
The Book Of Salt - Themes and Motifs - Photographs
... Later in the novel, Binh admires a photo of Gertrude Stein donning a kimono ... He finds this photo hidden away in the cabinet where Gertrude Stein keeps her writing journals ... with Binh, only if Binh promises to give Sweet Sunday Man a copy of Gertrude Stein’s work ...
Samuel Steward - Life and Career
... Steward gained an introduction to Gertrude Stein in 1932 through his academic advisor Clarence Andrews, and so began a long correspondence with Stein which resulted in a warm friendship ... He also described his friendship with Stein and Toklas in his Dear Sammy Letters from Gertrude Stein and Alice B ... After Gertrude Stein, Kinsey was Steward’s most important mentor he later described Kinsey not only "as approachable as a park bench" but also as a god-like bringer of enlightenment to mankind, thus giving him ...

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