Gertrude Stein and Edith Sitwell

Edward Sorel (born 1929)
Pen, ink, and watercolor on paper, 1988
Courtesy Edward Sorel
© Edward Sorel
Photography by Matt Flynn

Gertrude Stein saw no contradiction between elite literary genius and popular celebrity. She craved recognition as both and in time realized her ambition, leaving a legacy both to scholars, who continue to study her life and writings, and to the trade press, which continues to publish paperback editions of Steinís works, popular biographies of Stein, and fictional accounts of her life for new generations of readers. Stein also surfaces in visual work destined for broad audiences, including caricatures, cartoons, and pop art initiatives that embroider her legend and celebrate her magnetic personality.

Edward Sorelís delightful drawing recalls the first meeting of Gertrude Stein and Edith Sitwell (1887Ė1964), two eccentric literary luminaries, over tea at 27, rue de Fleurus.