Fernande Barrey came from the region of Picardy in 1908 and came to Paris, where she worked as a prostitute at first earned a living. Later, she modelled for Jean Agelou , Amedeo Modigliani and Chaim Soutine. The two painters persuaded Barrey, on the Parisian art school to study and paint themselves to.
In March 1917 she met at Café La Rotonde in the artistic quarter of Montparnasse, the Japanese artist Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968) know. For him it was love at first sight. Two weeks later they were married at the registry office of MontmartreIn order to escape the German bombs, the couple moved in 1918 to Foujita Cagnes-sur-Mer , where stayed for a year on, many friends met and painted. During this time, befriended Fernande Barrey with the young Jeanne Hébuterne on.As Modigliani 1920, tuberculosis , died Barrey tried in vain to comfort his fiancée. But could not prevent that Jeanne was eight months pregnant suicide committed.
As of 1925, the couple led an open relationship and both had relationships with people of both sexes. After Foujita the love affair with his cousin, the painter Koyanagi confessed, he could not forgive her this. A short time later he met at Café La Rotonde, the Belgian artist Lucie Badoul (called Youki) know and spent it with her three days in the hotel room. These days, Fernande desperately sought her husband, even in the mortuaries of Paris. In 1928, the couple had divorced and she lived together with the fact Koyanagi in Montmartre. After she separated from her lover in 1935, the ratio of Tsuguharu Foujita was better. He supported her financially until her death.
- Louis La Volpe: Miss Fernande - First Lady of Erotica, Motion Publishing, New York (2005) ISBN 1-4116-5324-6
- Christian Bourdon und Jean-Pierre Bourgeron: Jean Agélou : De l'académisme à la photographie de charme , Marval Éditions (2007) ISBN 2-8623-4394-3
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