Salons in Paris
Thursday, February 17, in Paris
Reinach1 came and took me to call on Miss Nathalie Barney2. A pre-historic (and stuffy) milieu à la Stenbock3 (poor fellow) with the most hideous paintings and sculptures done by young female artists patronized by her. Incense very strong, mélange of cheap Eastern things, good silver and flowers, white furs, pictures of nude or intense females everywhere.
She has an incorrigible “way-back.” American twang, a good-natured, warm manners, is no longer pretty, and not at all tidy. The house was crowded and not dainty, all except the best bedroom (a circular Empire one) where she said Yoï4 made her decision to run away from her husband.
The Tylers5 and Charles Du Bos6 came here to tea.
4 Yoï Crosse (1877-1944): see note 2 on May 6
5 Royall ("Peter") Tyler (1884-1953): historian, diplomat, economist, and art connoisseur. See http://www.doaks.org/resources/bliss-tyler-correspondence/annotations/william-royall-tyler
6 Charles Du Bos (1882 – 1939) French critic and essayist.