This is such a interesting read about the most fascinating woman. She was so much more than she appeared. I couldn’t put it down.
Renee Perle was a Romanian Jewish girl living in Paris. It was there that she met Jacques-Henri Lartigue. They became lovers and she his muse. He called her ‘Parasol’.
This is an extract from his diary. March 7, 1930..
“Half past five at the Embassy. I wait for my “parasol” from last night. I need a whisky. I’m very shy deep down and ready to be furious if she doesn’t show up. It’s my curiosity that would be most disappointed…Five thirty-five. There she is! Can it really be her? Ravishing, tall, slim, with a small mouth and full lips and dark porcelain eyes. She casts aside her fur coat in a gust of warm perfume. We’re going to dance. Mexican? Cuban? Her very small head sits on a very long neck. She is tall: her mouth is at the level of my chin. When we dance my mouth is not far from her mouth. Her hair brushes against both.
“Romanian. My name is Renee P…I was a model at Doeuillet…” Delicious. She takes off her gloves. Long, little girls hands. Something in my mind starts dancing at the thought that one day perhaps she would agree to paint the nails of those hands…”
Pablo Gargallo – Bronze
Artist’s model, painter, nightclub singer. She was nicknamed The Queen of Montparnasse. Photographed, painted and sculpted. Lover of Man Ray. She was a true muse. You can read more about her here.
I would highly recommend ‘Paris in the 1920’s’, it’s the most beautiful book, published by Assouline. It has glorious images that show Kiki and the artist’s who she worked with. It’s a gem of a book. One of my favourites. See it here.