Portrait of Rrose

This striking tintype portrait of Rrose Sélavy was taken by Doctora Memoria da Silva circa 1922 and believed to be in New Orleans. Documentary evidence makes mention of a mysterious Mr Shifter, but his identity is not known.

At the time, Rrose was known to be performing as part of a cabaret act billed as the Outhouse Movement at a vaudeville theatre called Y Foel Welsh. It is likely that this was her performance costume.

If anyone has further information about the origin of this photo, please contact the writer.


One thought on “Portrait of Rrose

  1. Rrose Sélavy, or Rose Sélavy, was one of the pseudonyms of artist Marcel Duchamp. The name, a pun, sounds like the French phrase “Eros, c’est la vie”, which translates to English as “eros, that’s life”. It has also been read as “arroser la vie” (“to make a toast to life”). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rrose_S%C3%A9lavy

    This is delicious, don’t you think? A rose within a ruse within a Rrose. C’est la vie, eh?

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