Romaine Brooks Panel at Leslie-Lohman Museum

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Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lebian Art writes: Cassandra Langer, the 21st century biographer of Romaine Brooks, is joined by art historian James Saslow and screenwriter/translator Suzanne Stroh on a panel as part of a book launch at the Leslie-Lohman Museum for “Romaine Brooks: A Life”

The artistic achievements of Romaine Brooks (1874–1970), both as a major expatriate American painter and as a formative innovator in the decorative arts, have long been overshadowed by her fifty-year relationship with writer Natalie Barney and a reputation as a fiercely independent, aloof heiress who associated with fascists in the 1930s.

In “Romaine Brooks: A Life,” art historian Cassandra Langer provides a richer, deeper portrait of Brooks’s aesthetics and experimentation as an artist—and of her entire life, from her chaotic, traumatic childhood to the enigmatic decades after World War II, when she produced very little art.

“Romaine Brooks: A Life” introduces much fresh information from Langer’s decades of research on Brooks and establishes this groundbreaking artist’s centrality to feminism and contemporary sexual politics as well as to visual culture. For more about the author Cassandra Langer visit: