They became friends and before long “Aphrodite had
amused herself at our expense”. For the next ten years
Beatrice poured her vitriolic wit into the New Age on
social and moral subjects, not least the ‘Woman
In 1914 Beatrice abandoned Orage for Amadeo Modigliani with whom she had a tempestuous relationship in Montparnasse. She nevertheless
remained faithful to the New Age, contributing vivid
and sometimes surreal ‘Impressions de Paris’.
- ravaged by age and drink; ill; impoverished spurned by the literary
establishment - Beatrice burned her correspondence, stuffed a towel under the
door, cradled her little white mouse in her hand and turned the gas on. Her life
had been lived with a stylish bravery, which Katherine would have applauded. She
is immortalised in Modigliani's paintings.