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Eyre de Lanux
(March 20, 1894 - September 8, 1996) USA

Eyre de Lanux

Artist, writer, designer


Eyre de Lanux, born Elizabeth Eyre, was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the eldest daughter of Richard Derby Eyre and Elizabeth Krieger Eyre. She studied art at the Art Students League in Manhattan and exhibited two paintings, L'Arlesienne and Allegro in the first annual exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in 1917.

In 1918 she met and married, French writer and diplomat, Pierre Combret de Lanux (1887-1955) in New York. After the end of World War I they moved to Paris. Their daughter, Anne-Françoise, nicknamed "Bikou," was born December 19, 1925. In 1943, de Lanux was included in Peggy Guggenheim's show Exhibition by 31 Women at the Art of This Century gallery in New York.

When the newly married couple settled in Paris their circle included André Gide, Ernest Hemingway, and Bernard Berenson. Though married, de Lanux was bisexual.She has been the mistress of Pierre Drieu La Rochelle and, for a longer time, of Louis Aragon.

She is best known as having been one of the many long-term lesbian lovers of writer and artist Natalie Barney. The two met through common friends, at Barney's popular Paris Salon and became an on-again-off-again couple for many years.

Due in part to Jean Chalon's early biography of Barney, published in English as Portrait of a Seductress: The World of Natalie Barney , she has become more widely known for her many relationships than for her writing or her salon.[7] She once wrote out a list, divided into three categories: liaisons, demi-liaisons, and adventures.

Colette, a French novelist and performer, was a demi-liaison, while the artist and furniture designer Eyre de Lanux, with whom she had an off-and-on affair for several years, was listed as an adventure. While Barney certainly took other lovers while she and de Lanux were involved romantically, it is unknown as to whether de Lanux did the same. What is known is that even after the affair ended, the two remained close friends.


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