Friday, September 9, 2016

Helena Rubenstein stands proud at the Audain

This is a painting of the world's first female self-made millionaire. The cosmetic queen Helena Rubenstein was eighty-four when she met Graham Vivian Sutherland, the artist who was commissioned to do her portrait.

This painting was purchased by the Beaverbrook Gallery. A second one done at the same time shows the subject seated. This used to hang in Mme. Rubenstein's apartment in New York, and she comments on it in her autobiography.

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