February 13th People

February 13th

02-13-1891 – 02-12-1942 Grant DeVolson Wood – Born in Anamosa, Iowa. He was an American painter and best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest. His painting “American Gothic” is an iconic image of the 20th Century. In the summer of 1928, Wood went to Europe, where he finally came to terms with his homosexuality. In Paris, Wood immersed himself deeply in the gay culture, spending large amounts of time in gay cafés, gay bars, and gay art salons, drinking heavily with gay French men and boys. He also had a number on one-night stands and weekends with men, but formed no close friendships or relationships. When he returned to Iowa, he chose to repress his homosexuality and became closeted.

02-13-1740 – 10-18-1802   Sophie Arnould – Born in Paris, France. She was a French operatic soprano. She made her stage debut at the Opéra de Paris on December 15, 1957 and sang there for 20 years. She was much in demand in Parisian society. Arnould was lovers with the actress and singer, Françoise Antoinette Saucerotte. Their relationship ended badly, and two male friends represented the women in a duel to the death. I was unable to find out what the result was. In 1927, the French composer, Gabriel Pierné, wrote an opera based on her tumultuous life entitled Sophie Arnould.

(Painting by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, c. 1773)

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