Gertrude Stein

This exhibition features rare and first editions of books by and about the writer, poet and art collector Gertrude Stein. The materials on display are gifts of The Jerome E. Weinstein and Charlotte B. Weinstein Family Trust.

The exhibition begins with Three Lives: Stories of the Good Anna, Melanctha and Gentle Lena from 1909. It is one of 700 copies and is inscribed by Stein to a "Miss Lamotte." It is followed by Tender Buttons (1914), Geography and Plays with a foreword by Sherwood Anderson (1922), Lucy Church Amiably (1930), the illustrated edition of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933), and both the English and French editions of The Making of Americans: Being a History of a Family's Progress (1925 and 1933, respectively). A souvenir book from the Gertrude Stein/Virgil Thompson opera collaboration, "4 Saints in 3 Acts," is shown along with a 1948 recording of the piece.

The exhibition continues with Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein with Two Shorter Stories (1933), a miniature edition of The World is Round (1993), The Geographical History of America (1936), The Gertrude Stein First Reader and Three Plays decorated by British painter Francis Rose (1948), A Book Concluding with as a Wife has a Cow: A Love Story with facsimiles of the original lithographs by Juan Gris, The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Carl Van Vechten (1986) and Portraits of Picasso by Roland Penrose (1956). Shown is Picasso's famous portrait of Stein. Next to it hangs a portrait photograph of Gertrude Stein, seated in the costume and pose of the Picasso portrait, taken in 1913 by Alfred Langdon Coburn. The photograph is a limited edition piece made from the original negative by the Eastman House Museum in 1978.

Correspondence from the collection has been integrated into the exhibition in the Roosevelt Room. This includes letters from Gertrude Stein to British ex-pat painter Madame Paule Vezelay (April 25, 1930), Vanity Fair editor Frank Crowninshield (January or February 1936), and art dealer Georges Maratier (July 5, 1937). There is also a postcard photograph of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas taken by British photographer Cecil Beaton in the 1930s.

This exhibition is no longer on view.

Alan Cumming
Gertrude Stein