CLAUDE CAHUN (LUCY SCHWOB)
1894 - 1954
'LA CHAMBRE DU CHAT'
signed, titled, and dated 1940 in ink on the reverse
gelatin silver print
6⅛ x 8¼ in.; 15.6 x 21 cm
This gelatin silver print is in generally very good to excellent condition. Upon close examination in raking light, re two faint creases are visible in the upper portion and a small impression at the center right edge. There are two tiny deposits of graphite or ink in the upper right margin corner. It is annotated in an unidentified hand in pencil: 'cc36535c'; 'loan/1900/203i 13'; and 'X.' It is stamped 'G 1055.'
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Claude Cahun was a writer, actress, artist, and outspoken member of the Parisian lesbian community between the two world wars. In her series of inventive self-portraits, she embodied a wide array of masculine and feminine personas, often including her cat in the fanciful scenarios. In this seductive image, her feline friend takes center stage as it sunbathes on a miniature canopied bed.