Tina Reciting -For sale $650 + Shipping 16X20 Acrylic On Canvas
Born Assunta Adelaide Luigia Modotti Mondini, “Tina” was a native of Udine, Friuli, Italy. Her father had previously immigrated to the United States and she went to join him in San Francisco in 1913 at the age of 16. Naturally, being an artist, she was drawn the blossoming theatre and art scene in her community. She appeared as an actress in several plays and became quite popular, partly due to her incredible beauty. She became romantically linked with a young bohemian poet by the self imposed name of Roubaix de l’abrie Richey and they moved to Los Angeles to further their careers in the arts. While in Los Angeles Tina’s film career hit its apex in her most well known, but not popular at the time, “The Tigers Coat”. More importantly, she met the photographer Edward Weston and his assistant Margaret Mather. Over the next year or two Tina became Mr. Weston’s favorite model and slowly developed a relationship with him as a lover. It was in secret that they were lovers as the group ventured to Mexico for an important showing of Weston’s work, when Mr. Richie died of small pox before Tina had arrived. Soon after her father passed away, and after meeting some of the most important figures in the Mexican art movement of the 20’s and 30’s she returned to The U.S. It wasn’t long until she was back in Mexico working with Weston and making progress as a photographer herself and as his assistant in the dark room. She met many influential thinkers and ended up joining the Mexican communist party in the late 20’s. Her gravity was such that she became romantically linked to three of the party’s leaders. One of them was actually assassinated in 1929, Julio Antonio Mella was murdered while his lover became a suspect in the crime. Shortly after these dramatic events Tina was expelled from Mexico and traveled to Berlin and Moscow forging new relationships with people who were missionary and revolutionary in their motives. For the entirety of the 1930’s, until her death, she did not take any photographs and was solely dedicated to various communist and humanist causes. She lived for many years in Moscow and then in Spain from 1936 until 1939, working for more influential figures in the revolutionary field. She would return once more to Mexico in 1939 after the failure of her causes and enter the country under an assumed name. No doubt with the nature of her work and associations there was suspicion surrounding here death in 1942. Officially it was called heart failure but many people thought she may have known too much about the very causes that were dearest to her heart. Her influence can hardly be overstated and Pablo Neruda was to write her epitaph.
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