Six Exceptional Women Who Gave to the Paris of the Twenties an Uncommon Radiance and Bravado, Photographed and Remembered by Andres Kertez
"What capacity for caprice! She was Hungarian, a doctor's wife, and had studied classical dance. But when she came to Paris in 1925, she was a satiric dancer - her exuberant caricatures took us by storm."
"She was a figure of the purest poetry; all delicacy, openness." The Borzoi was Melisande, named after Pelleas et Melisande; a porcelain blackbird commenerated "L'Oiseau bleu."
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"She lived in her bed, the curtains of the room drawn, a little lamp somewhere lighted. A poet of fantastic reputation, she had the quality of the removed, the supoer-real, perhaps."
"She gave the impression she was one of her paintings - the air, the tone, was a Marie Laurencin. She wanted to pose with something - her Chow, her porcelain cat. I wanted to do her, herself."
"The leading hostess of Paris - spiritual, gay. A great lady with a streak of the child, she had a passion for calisthenics, and could stand on her head. Her apartment looked magnificently on the Seine."
"A magnificent writer, yes. But she was a magnificent person, an unexcelled companion - natural, direct, exquisitely aware. To thank me for a favor, she wrote: 'Merci homme de forme parole! Je vous serre bien cordialment la main.'"