Gertrude Stein


This exhibition featured rare and first editions of books by and about the writer, poet and art collector Gertrude Stein. The materials displayed 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.

Correspondence from the collection was 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 wa 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