Photograph Signed, Josephine Baker, written in dark ink in light part of her skirt and train. The black and white photograph measures 3 inches wide by 5 inches high.
Born in the slums of St. Louis, Josephine Baker made her name as a dancer at the Plantation Club in Harlem. She transformed herself into a sensation when she went to Paris, at the age of nineteen, to appear in La Revue Nègre as an exotic “sauvage.” Throughout the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, Baker, nicknamed the Black Pearl, was a chanteuse, a movie star and the highest-paid performer in Europe.
After the Second World War, Baker, inspired by the spirit of the United Nations, Josephine Baker decided to adopt poor children of various races and religions. Her “Rainbow Tribe,” as she called it, ultimately numbered ten boys and two girls. They lived in a Sleeping Beauty type castle, the Château de Milandes in France’s Aquitaine region, into which Baker poured her life savings.
Matted in ivory and red, and framed in antiqued gilt. Framed dimensions are 10 1/2 inches wide by 12 inches high.
This item is associated with the following categories:
- Black History