- Pavel Tchelitchew
- The Rose Necklace
- signed in Latin and dated 31 t.l.
- oil on board
A gift from the above to her niece
Sotheby's London, Impressionist and Modern Art and Ceramics, 26 October 1994, lot 19
Exhibition catalogue Pavel Tchelitchew, New York, 1964, p.49 listed in the chronology
P.Tyler, The Divine Comedy of Pavel Tchelitchew, London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1969, illustrated b/w
G.Haggerty and B.Zimmerman, Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures, Taylor & Francis, 2000, p.1332 mentioned in the text
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).