Gertrude Stein

Poet, Writer, and Art Collector

Occupations

  • Stein wrote experimental short stories and poems, exploring the abstract and stream-of-consciousness styles in her work.
  • Stein was also an avid collector of modern art, in particular Matisse, Picasso, and Cézanne.

Major Works

  • Stein is most famous for her work, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, a memoir of her own life in Paris from the point of view of her partner.
  • Beginning in 1934, Stein traveled to America to give a series of wildly successful lectures all over the country. This event catapulted her from a minor celebrity to widespread recognition in the US.

Life in Paris

  • Stein moved to Paris in 1903, seeking the thriving artistic community in the city. Paris became her residence for the rest of her life.
  • She was known for hosting salon parties that attracted contemporary artists and writers. Stein was a noted influence on many high-profile Parisian artists, including Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Thornton Wilder, and Sherwood Anderson.