Illustrated Responses. Gertrude Stein for NKMiller.

Again I submit a drawn response. The discussion of painters in The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas inspired a particular sort of response. The quote early in the book that really colored my reading was in relation to Picasso’s portrait of Gertrude Stein. He is quoted as saying “everybody says that she does not look like it but that does not make any difference, she will.” (emphasis mine) (Stein 12). There is a consistent notion in the book as well as in our other readings that we become the portraits people make of us. For the sake of posterity, our words instantiate an image of who we are. This fabrication of identity fascinates me, especially in the context of Gertrude Stein’s approach to artists and to her own work, which was for herself “and strangers”. (70).Gertrude Stein