Bessie in Paris. "A Studio in Montparnasse: Bessie Davidson: An Australian Artist in Paris" by Penelope Little. [review]
Australian expatriate artist Bessie Davidson was a woman who ripened with age. After decades of living in Paris and dressing somewhat dowdily ‘à l’anglaise’, she gained confidence with the liberation of France towards the end of World War II. In her sixties, she adopted a long black cape, a wide-brimmed fedora and a slender black cigarette-holder. Penelope Little’s "A Studio in Montparnasse: Bessie Davidson: An Australian Artist in Paris" similarly improves as it goes along, becoming increasingly engaging as the artist is brought to life and found to be in the midst not only of two world wars but also of bohemian interwar Paris.