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Romaine Brooks (May 1, 1874 – December 7, 1970)

Romaine Brooks was an American painter who worked mostly in Paris and Capri. The most important relationship of her life was with Natalie Clifford Barney, whom she met around the start of WW I. Barney was an American-born writer who hosted a literary salon in Paris. She was avowedly no monogamous; when they met, she was already in a close long-term relationship with Duchess Elisabeth de Gramont, which would last until the Duchess' death in 1954. Romaine had many other relationships of varying length and devotion as well but at one point, she gave Barney an ultimatum to choose between her and Dolly Wilde-relenting once Barney had given in. Her own lovers were Renata Borgatti, Marchesa Luisa Casati and Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac. Barney and Brooks are both buried at Cimetière de Passy, Paris, France, Barney in the same place with her sister Laura.

Timeline & Places:

May 1, 1874: born.

1890s: attended Académie Colarossi, 10 Rue de la Grande Chaumière, 75006 Paris, Francia

1900s: lived at 50 Tite St, Chelsea, London SW3 4JA, Regno Unito

1917: lived at Villa Cercola, Via Cercola, 80076 Capri NA, Italia

1920s: worked at 15 Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2JB, Regno Unito

1940: lived at Villa Sant’Agnese, Via di S. Leonardo, 33, 50125 Firenze FI, Italia

1945 to 1970: lived at 11 Rue des Ponchettes, 06300 Nice, Francia

December 7, 1970: died. Buried at Passy Cemetery, 2 Rue du Commandant Schloesing, 75016 Paris, Francia. Buried near Natalie Clifford Barney (October 31, 1876 – February 2, 1972)


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