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Lady in the DarkIris Barry and the Art of Film$
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Robert Sitton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165785

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.001.0001

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La Bonne Font

La Bonne Font

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Lady in the Dark

Robert Sitton

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on Iris Barry's decision to live in La Bonne Font, an old farmhouse in Fayence, with Frenchman Pierre Kerroux. Once she began to settle in Fayence, she did what she could to rekindle her connection to the Museum. In a letter to Museum director Rene d'Harnoncourt, she asked to become an official representative of the Museum. In reply, d'Harnoncourt told Iris that he was delighted by the idea and took the matter up with Nelson Rockefeller, who apparently approved. By April 1951 the Museum had arranged a pension for Iris, affording her the amount of $73.54 per month for life. In return, the Museum expected her to become “their European representative,” an arrangement she found “very good if vague”.

Keywords:   La Bonne Font, Fayence, farmhouse, Pierre Kerroux, Museum of Modern Art, Rene d'Harnoncourt

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