The Muse: Kiki de Montparnasse

Alice Ernestine Prin (2 October 1901 – 29 April 1953), nicknamed the Queen of Montparnasse, and better known as Kiki de Montparnasse, was a French artist’s model, literary muse, nightclub singer, actress, memoirist and painter.

She led a wild and exciting life among the bohemians in Paris becoming the Queen of Bohemia herself. She would pose for artists and become a muse for the brilliant Man Ray. Her image still stands out today with its almost Gothic mystique that draw people in, she will always live on in the hearts of artists – becoming a muse for future generations to come.

Kiki by Getty Images
L’étoile de mer, Man Ray, 1928
Mixed Media by Man Ray
Postcard of Kiki from 1929
Image by Man Ray

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