The Artist Birthday Series

Djuna Barnes

Her social circle at the time consisted of such artists as Edmund Wilson, Berenice Abbott, and the Dadaist artist and poet Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, whose biography Barnes tried to write but never finished. The Baroness was brilliant in her artistic endeavors, but found the realities of life difficult, and Djuna (along with other friends like Peggy Guggenheim) did what she could to help, collecting the Baroness’ works, and giving her clothes and money. 

Baroness Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven and Djuna Barnes, 1926

In 1915, she published her now famous illustrated book of poetry, “The Book Of Repulsive Women.”

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