Natalie Clifford Barney left [1876-1972] Romaine Brooks [1874-1970]
Natalie Clifford Barney was an American playwright , poet and novelist. She was best known for hosting a literary salon on the Left Bank of Paris after World War 1, this for more than 60 years. There , writers and artists from around the world were to meet. Gertrude Stein , Hemingway , Picasso . Gluck , Troubridge and many more . She was openly lesbian and published her poems to women as early as 1900. In 1916 , she started a relationship with American artist Romaine Brooks which was to last 50 years . Many women who appeared in Brooks’s paintings were visitors of the Salon . The paintings mostly in a subdued tonal palette of gray form an impressive oeuvre of portraits of lesbians of that time.