Luhan, Mabel Dodge

Rare autograph of the wealthy patron associated with the Taos Art Colony; author

Price: $115.00

Description:
(Née Ganson, 1879-1962) American patron of the arts, particularly associated with the Taos art colony. Daughter of a wealthy Buffalo, NY banker, her 1st marriage, at 21, was to Karl Evans, son of a steamship owner, who died in a hunting accident leaving her a widow at age 23. In 1904, she married wealthy architect Edwin Dodge. She was actively bisexual in her early life as noted in her 1933 autobiography “Intimate Memories”. Mabel & Edwin lived in Florence 1905-12. At her palatial Medici villa, Villa Curonia, not far from Florence, she entertained Gertrude Stein, her brother Leo, Alice B. Toklas, and other visitors from Paris, including André Gide. A troubled liaison with her chauffeur led to two suicide attempts. In mid 1912, Mabel & Edwin returned to America, and she set herself up as a patron of the arts, holding a weekly 'salon' in her Greenwich Village apartment. Often in attendance were luminaries inc. Carl Van Vechten (she was the model for "Edith Dale" in his novel Peter Whiffle), Margaret Sanger, Emma Goldman, Charles Demuth, "Big Bill" Haywood, Lincoln Steffens, and John Reed. She was involved in mounting the 1913 Armory Show of new European Modern Art and published in pamphlet form Gertrude Stein’s "Portrait of Mabel Dodge at the Villa Curonia", which Mabel distributed at the exhibition and brought her to public attention. She sailed to Europe in June 1913 with John Reed who became her lover after arriving in Paris, where they socialized with Stein and Picasso. They moved to the Villa Curonia, where Reed grew uncomfortable with the affluent isolation and Mabel saw his interests in the world of people and achievements as a rejection of her. They returned to NYC late Sept. 1913. In October Reed was sent to report on the Mexican Revolution by The Masses magazine. Mabel followed him to a border town, but left after a few days. In 1915, she returned to Provincetown with painter Maurice Sterne whom married 1916. In 1919 Mabel, Maurice, and Elsie Clews Parsons moved to Taos, New Mexico and started a literary colony there. On the advice of Tony Luhan, a Native American whom she would marry in 1923, she bought a 12-acre property. Tony set up a teepee in front of the house and drummed there each night until Mabel came to him. Mabel sent Maurice away, and supported him with monthly payments until their divorce 4 years later. D. H. Lawrence accepted an invitation from her to stay in Taos and he arrived, with his wife, in early Sept. 1922. He had a fraught relationship with Mabel and which he wrote about and Mabel published a 1932 memoir about his visit, “Lorenzo in Taos”. Mabel and Tony hosted influential artists and poets including Marsden Hartley, Arnold Ronnebeck, Louise Emerson Ronnebeck, Willa Cather and others. She died at her home in Taos and was buried in Kit Carson Cemetery. The Mabel Dodge Luhan House, designated a national historic landmark, is a historic inn and conference center where Dennis Hopper wrote the script for “Easy Rider”. 2 ¾ x 4 ½ card signed as “Mabel Dodge Luhan” (undated but post 1923)

Condition: Very good, mount remnants verso
Type:Signature






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