Sunday 7 July 2013

Alice Prin, 1901–1953 (a.k.a. Kiki de Montparnasse; French artist model, nightclub singer)

* Alice Prin, who adopted the mononym, "Kiki", became a fixture in the Montparnasse social scene and a popular artist model, posing for dozens of artists. Nicknamed the "Queen of Montparnasse," Kiki had her MC in poseur Leo ruled from the libertine 11th House by the royal Sun in artistic Libra (at the apex of a T-square involving trend-setters Jupiter and Neptune). "She flourished in, and helped define, the liberated culture of Paris in the early 1920s."

Alice Prin: Wikipedia Biography

Alice Ernestine Prin (2 October 1901 – 29 April 1953) was a French artist model, nightclub singer, actress, memoirist, and painter.

She posed for many artists, including Chaim Soutine, "Julian Mandel" (a pseudonym), Tsuguharu Foujita, Constant Detré, Francis Picabia, Jean Cocteau, Arno Breker, Alexander Calder, Per Krohg, Hermine David, Pablo Gargallo, Mayo, and Tono Salazar. Moise Kisling painted a portrait of Kiki titled Nu assis, one of his best known.

Her companion for most of the 1920s was Man Ray, who made hundreds of portraits of her. She is the subject of some of his best-known images, including the notable surrealist image Le violon d'Ingres and Noire et blanche.

She appeared in nine short and often experimental films, including Fernand Léger's Ballet mécanique without any credit.

Read more from her Wikipedia biography.


BIRTH DATA: Alice Ernestine Prin, 2 October 1901, 09:00 (9 a.m.) (-0:09:20), Châtillon-sur-Seine, France (47n51, 04e33). ASC: 12 Scorpio. RR: AA (from birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (c) quotes birth record no. 170 in the Côte d'Or archives. "Kiki de Montparnasse" is written on the top of the page above her birth entry.

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