The American novelist Samuel Steward who abandoned academia to work as a tattoo artist and gay pornographer under the soubriquet Phil Sparrow, famously had a tattoo of a rose garland across his chest in direct homage to this portrait. He and Tchelitchew were introduced through Gertrude Stein in Paris in the early 1930s and their circles also overlapped through figures such as the American ballet photographer George Platt Lynes whose photographs of Le Vincent are as famous as Tchelitchew’s portraits (fig.2).
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