Beatrice Wood
1893–1998

Introduction

Beatrice Wood (March 3, 1893 – March 12, 1998) was an American artist and studio potter involved in the Avant Garde movement in the United States; she founded and edited The Blind Man and Rongwrong magazines in New York City with French artist Marcel Duchamp and writer Henri-Pierre Roché in 1917. She had earlier studied art and theater in Paris, and was working in New York as an actress. She later worked at sculpture and pottery. Wood was characterized as the "Mama of Dada".

She partially inspired the character of Rose DeWitt Bukater in James Cameron's 1997 film, Titanic after the director read Wood's autobiography while developing the film. Beatrice Wood died nine days after her 105th birthday in Ojai, California.

Wikidata identifier

Q459378

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Introduction

Wood left home at 18 to study drama in Italy and Paris. In the early 20th century she was associated with the Dada movement and had an affair with Marcel Duchamp. She opened her first art studio in 1937 in Los Angeles.

Country of birth

United States

Roles

Artist, artisan, author, ceramicist, illustrator, painter, portraitist, sculptor

ULAN identifier

500009062

Names

Beatrice Wood, Countess Lola Screwvinsky, Beatrice Beato Wood

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