Rene Perle. Fashion Icon and Pure Stunner.

This post was originally going to give a shout out to Messy Nessy Chic, who recently posted the highly entertaining Preserved Moments of Historical Sass–Volume 5.  

Which you should still check out. It is amazing!

But there was one photo that I saw on there piqued my curiosity:

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The photo informed me that this lovely woman was Rene Perle.  I got on the Internets right away to see some more about her.  (If only to learn more about *those amazing trousers!*).  I found a whole trove of photography, some of which I will share here.  

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Here is a little bio posted on the Prodan Romanian Cultural Foundation website:

Renee Perle, a Romanian Jewish girl who moved to Paris, is famous as the first muse of the famous French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986), who is considered one of the leading photographers of the 20th century. Renee lived with Lartigue as his girl friend, having met her in 1929 or 1930. Her spectacular beauty inspired some of his best photographs.

Renee also painted, and a large number of her quaint and naive self-portraits are seen in some Lartigue photos. They do not show much mastery of artistic technique, but they have a strange fascination, perhaps because they show something approaching a manic-compulsion by Renee to paint her own face on canvas over and over, almost without end. The Foundation has made many efforts to find one of these for its collection, as a specimen, but so far with no success. We have been in touch with Renee’s step-daughter, who has an oil portrait of her step-mother, but everything else which had been carefully preserved by Renee was dispersed in 2000 and 2001 in two famous Paris sales by Tajan. Renee also worked as a fashion model.

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 Absolutely fascinating.  Will have to learn more about her. 

XXX

 

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