Alice Prin, known as the Queen of Montparnasse, was at the centre of Parisian bohemia in the 1920s. Raised in poverty, she moved to Paris when she was barely a teenager, took the nickname Kiki, and started posing nude for artists such as Alexander Calder, Jean Cocteau and Fernand Léger, while also selling her own paintings. Hemingway provided an introduction to her 1929 autobiography, Kiki’s Memoirs, and for a few years in the 1930s she owned a nightclub, “Chez Kiki”. For six years, she was Man Ray’s lover and muse, starring in several short films as well as hundreds of his photographs, including the iconic Le Violon D’Ingres. When he communicated his decision to leave her for his protegé, Lee Miller, she famously made a scene and threw plates at him in their local café.
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