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Head of Natalie Clifford Barney

1910 Laura Dreyfus Barney Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1879 Died: Paris, France 1974 cast and patinated plaster 20 1/4 x 9 x 8 7/8 in. (51.5 x 23.0 x 22.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mme. Yvonne Guehennec and Mr. William E. Huntington 1976.153.18 Not currently on view


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The older sister of Laura Dreyfus Barney, Natalie Clifford Barney lived in Paris, where she wrote poetry and short essays in French. She also hosted a salon that was a popular meeting place for many noted artists, writers, and musicians. The same year Laura modeled this portrait, she also created a nude statue of Natalie and displayed it on the family’s front lawn, which caused such an uproar that the police were ordered to cover it with a sheet.

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Occupation - art - sculptor

Portrait female - Barney, Natalie Clifford - head

sculpture

plaster

About Laura Dreyfus Barney

Born: Cincinnati, Ohio 1879 Died: Paris, France 1974

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