Can you tell me about this one?
Natalie Barney was a poet, playwright, and central figure in the Paris arts scene in the early 20th century. She hosted salons that many prominent figures attended including Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Her plate is based on a Tiffany bowl and the lily references common Art Nouveau technique and a symbol of the feminine. Barney also adopted the flower as her personal symbol.
Where did the idea for this plate come from?
Barney's plate is based on a bowl by Tiffany and Co. Natalie Barney was a poet, playwright, patron of the arts, and central figure in Paris during the early 20th century, when Tiffany glass was very popular.
Who is Natalie Barney from The Dinner Party display?
Natalie Barney was a poet, playwright, and cultural figure in Paris during the early 20th century.
As a literary host, she befriended Proust, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Renée Vivian, and many others, and even appeared in works by some of the authors.
As an openly queer woman, Barney had to deal with decades of sexism and gossip. To her critics she responded, “My queerness is not a vice, is not deliberate, and harms no one.” She lived to be 96 years old!