(1874-1970) Romaine Brooks was born Romaine Mary Goddard on May 1, 1874, in Rome, Italy. In 1905, after leaving her husband with a generous annuity, Brooks cut her hair, donned men's clothes and returned to Paris, where she began painting the portraits for which she became renowned. Her inherited wealth freed her from the need to please her sitters: she didn't care whether she sold her works or not. Her uncanny ability to depict the truth in people's appearances led her to be called "the thief of souls." A famous anecdote tells that one fashionable lady complained, upon seeing her portrait, "You have not beautified me," to which Brooks replied, "No, but I have ennobled you."
Femme de Fleurs
Beatrice Romaine Goddard, was an American painter who specialized in portraiture and used a subdued palette dominated by the color gray. She ignored contemporary artistic trends such as Cubism and Fauvism, drawing instead on the Symbolist and Aesthetic movements of the 19th Century, especially the works of James McNeill Whistler. Her subjects ranged from anonymous models to titled aristocrats, but she is best known for her images of women in androgynous or masculine dress, including her self-portrait of 1923, which is her most widely reproduced work.
The Black Cap
The Cross of France