Djuna Barnes

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Exhibition Label
Berenice Abbott's photograph captures the sexually provocative appeal of Djuna Barnes, one of the leaders of 1920s modernism, both as a writer and personality. Brought up in a sexually extravagant and dysfunctional household (her father was a polygamist), Barnes had a tempestuous life. Her passage through postwar Europe and America was representative of the era's sexual and artistic experimentation. In her first book of poems, The Book of Repulsive Women (1915), Barnes's description of lesbian sex was so explicit that she escaped prosecution for obscenity largely because straight society could not comprehend her audacity. Some critics compared her innovation in language in the experimental novel Nightwood (1936) with the work of Gertrude Stein. Barnes's experience presents an interesting study in how marginalization leads to artistic and linguistic innovation that expresses one's distance from the society that one observes.
Topic
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Interior
Costume\Headgear\Turban
Djuna Chappell Barnes: Female
Djuna Chappell Barnes: Literature\Writer\Poet
Djuna Chappell Barnes: Literature\Writer\Novelist
Djuna Chappell Barnes: Literature\Writer\Playwright
Portrait
National Portrait Gallery
Restrictions & Rights
© Berenice Abbott / Commerce Graphics Ltd., Inc.
Artist
Berenice Abbott, 17 Jul 1898 - 9 Dec 1991
Sitter
Djuna Chappell Barnes, 12 Jun 1892 - 19 Jun 1982
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 24 x 18.1 cm (9 7/16 x 7 1/8")
Mount: 26.6 x 20.2 cm (10 1/2 x 7 15/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
1926
Type
Photograph
Object number
NPG.91.63