Romaine Brooks

(Her most celebrated self portrait, above. 1923.)

Romaine Brooks was a portraitist who painted women in androgynous and masculine attire. She used mainly a gray scale with just accents and highlights of color. She was inspired by Whistler and also the Symbolist painters while her contemporaries were cubist and fauve painters. I love how moody and expressive her paintings are with their limited palette and stylization, and the design of her compositions. Her subjects included close friends and famous people, such as this portrait of Jean Cocteau:


Here is another self portrait which is on the cover of a wonderful book about her art called Amazons in the Drawing Room: