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    Tuesday, July 8, 2008

    KIKI LEE Monteparnasse

    I have given birth to a 3lbs. teacup yorkie puppy her name is KIKI LEE Monteparnasse, after her two name sake muses of surrealist photographer man rayand because i spent sometime in Monteparnasse one cold cold winter in the 18th.

    Kiki de Monteparnass

    Alice Ernestine Prin (October 2, 1901 – April 29, 1953), was a French artists' model, nightclub singer, actress, and painter. Her chosen name was simply Kiki, but she also was referred to as Reine de la Montparnasse, the Queen of Montparnasse, and Kiki de Montparnasse. She flourished in, and helped define, the liberated culture of Paris in the 1920s.
    Kiki became a fixture in the Montparnasse social scene and a popular artists' model, posing for dozens of artists, including Chaim Soutine, Tsuguharu Foujita, Francis Picabia, Jean Cocteau, Arno Breker, Alexander Calder, Per Krohg, Hermine David, Pablo Gargallo, Mayo, and Tono Salazar. Moise Kisling painted a portrait of Kiki titled Nu assis, one of his best known.
    Man Ray, her companion for most of the 1920s, made hundreds of portraits of her. She is the subject of some of his best-known images, including Le violon d'Ingres and Noire et blanche.
    She appears in nine short and often experimental films, including Fernand Léger's Ballet mécanique without any credit.

    HER MIDDLE NAME IS LEE after LEE MILLER man rays other muse

    Elizabeth 'Lee' Miller (23 April 1907 - 21 July 1977) was an American photographer. Born in Poughkeepsie, New York State in 1907, she was a successful fashion model in New York City in the 1920s before going to Paris where she became an established fashion and fine art photographer. During the Second World War, she became an acclaimed war correspondent for Vogue magazine covering events such as the London Blitz, the liberation of Paris, and the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Dachau.

    In 1929 she traveled to Paris with the intention of apprenticing herself to the Surrealist artist and photographer Man Ray. Although, at first, he insisted that he did not take students, Miller soon became his photographic assistant, as well as his lover and muse. While she was in Paris, she began her own photographic studio, often taking over Man Ray's fashion assignments to enable him to concentrate on his painting. In fact, many of the photographs taken during this period and credited to Man Ray were actually taken by Lee. Together with Man Ray, she rediscovered the photographic technique of Solarisation. She was an active participant in the Surrealist movement, with her witty and humorous images

    she became a prolific photographer for the WWll her is one of her shots of a soldier

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