They Were Gay

They were Gay

This text is from Miss Furr and Miss Skeene, a short story by Gertrude Stein containing over 100 occurrences of the word gay. Many of Stein’s writings used repetition, or as she referred to it, “insistence”. Is it a portrait of her friends Ethel Mars and Maud Hunt Squires, who frequented her studio in Paris, or a veiled reference to her own relationship with Alice B. Toklas?

I donated this piece to Horizons Foundation for their annual auction.

About raoulpat

I got started as a calligrapher in 2009, and haven't put my pen down since. Some of the services that I provide are wedding calligraphy, quinceañera calligraphy, envelope addressing, place cards and transforming inspirational citations into framable artwork.
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11 Responses to They Were Gay

  1. Melissa Titone says:

    Beautiful, Raoul!! Did you write directly on the photograph?

    Melissa Titone Conference Co-Director The Passionate Pen 2015 International Calligraphy Conference



  2. Rick Jarosz says:

    I didn’t see if you said anything about the purple rose…

    Was that a picture, or a painting?

    The writing is beautiful, of course.


  3. frustrationexists says:

    > Truly beautiful, Raoul, undoubtedly the most elegant piece submitted for the Auction.

    My hat

    is off to you & you deserve all the beautiful bouquets that the universe can offer you!

    Love, alan

    > >


  4. fredijuni says:

    So beautiful Raol!!!


  5. Cindy says:

    Terrific, Raoul.
    Poignant and elegant.


  6. cinsalaros says:

    PS. Love the bounce


  7. Martha Boccalini says:

    Once again Raoul, you have created a stunningly gorgeous piece. Thanks, Martha


  8. George & Georgianna Greenwood says:

    Thanks for sharing, Raoul. They Were Gay is gorgeous ! Georgianna


  9. Love your work! How exciting. Please keep us posted on how the auction went. I bet there was lots of bidding.


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