At my instigation, Robert has been writing about his neighborhood on the lovely Dorset coast, beginning with the spectacular Athelhampton House which served for a while as home to the noted Cubist painter Mareva.
I confess --- I never heard of her before -- but actually -- I have been looking at (and enjoying) her portrait for many years (above) painted by her husband, Diego Rivera and later collected by Alfred Stieglitz and donated by his wife, Georgia O'Keefe, to the Art Institute.
It's just that --- well -- I'm not sure that even her mother would have recognized her in this portrait.
Did Diego really like her ?
He gave more attention to this lovely pattern across her chest.
I guess it's no surprise that the marriage didn't last very long -- Marevna moved on to Chaim Soutine, and and as everyone knows, Diego eventually married Frida -- whose reputation has finally eclipsed his own. (this is beginning to sound like a soap opera isn't it?)
Say what you will about Diego (Wikipedia calls him "a known womanizer of violent temper") -- but he did like women who were smart, tough, and creative. How many of Picasso's girlfriends are at the Guggenheim and Tate ?)
But not everyone thought Marevna was ugly:
Above is Modigliani's portrait of her -- so yes, maybe she did look a little -- ummm -- focused.
Regarding her own career as an artist -- her paintings can be found in several major museums -- but above is the only online image that I've liked -- and I'm not sure you could call it cubist