Musée No:379.005Regular price £25.00
Artist: Alice Pike Barney
Alice Pike Barney (1857-1931) is an absolutely fascinating American artist and her life far too interesting to be squeezed into a couple of paragraphs, so unusually I have split it up between several paintings (379.005, 379.018, 379.019, 379.020, 379.021 & 325.185). If you would like to find out more pop the number or her name in the search box at the top of the page, I hope you enjoy discovering more about her fascinating life.
Whilst Henry Morton Stanley, her (almost) fiancé, was away in Africa she was introduced to the rich and attractive Albert Clifford Barney, a railway car manufacturer her mother approved of. Even though she was not in love with him she married him in January 1876 shortly after her 19th Birthday and they went on a six-month honeymoon. On return Barney found the letters from Stanley and demanded an explanation and that she burn them whilst he watch. Years later when she wrote her autobiography, Alice said that at that moment she realized she had made a monumental mistake in marrying him. It wasn’t a happy marriage as he would have preferred her to put aside her artistic pursuits and concentrate on her social standing – needless to say she didn’t feel the same way. Apparently it was a meeting with Oscar Wilde whilst on holiday at the Long Beach Hotel in New York in 1882 that changed her life forever – a conversation with him inspired her to pursue her art seriously despite her husband’s disapproval.