Mary Books on the cover of Motion Picture Classic, 1926.

1926 was a fine year for Mary Books. Her literary vignettes of Paris were finally adapted for the silver screen. Moreover, she was commissioned for yet another magazine cover, this time for Motion Picture Classic. Mary’s “sketches,” like her personality, were a mix of the comedic and erotic. Directors agreed she would be a natural…

Mary Books…Va Nager. Special Edition of La Vie Parisienne, July 24, 1926.

Mary Books was commissioned to illustrate the cover of the French men’s erotic magazine. She also wrote an article for the magazine championing the unmarried woman. Welcome to The Mary Books Project. The commission for the July 1926 cover of La Vie Parisienne (Special Edition) is taking Mary Books forever. She is happy though that…

She was there. Smoking a cigarette with Frida Kahlo, circa 1940s. 

Graphite, soft pastel, watercolour, and lipstick on paper. 24″ x 36″. ©2017 Mary Khan Original photograph which inspired my drawing: Bettmann archive. Dear Frida, Thank you for the gold, silver, diamonds, and turquoise. Paintings and jewels. Paint anything, anyone. Paint in triplicate if you have to. Paint for me, for you, Diego and the universe. Yours,…

He could turn her wolf eyes blue.

Graphite, soft pastel, and chalk on paper. 15″ x 22″. Finished work. Part of the Wolf Echo album. ©2017 Mary Khan Re-vision – the act of looking back, of seeing with fresh eyes. – Adrienne Rich

She saw it coming.

Graphite, watercolour, and soft pastel on paper. 14″ x 17″ (sketch). Part of the Mouthpiece album ©2017 Mary Khan Women are powerful and dangerous. -Audre Lorde

She wore overalls.

  Graphite, watercolour, and soft pastel on paper (sketch). 15″ x 22″ ©2017 Mary Khan I hope that if you are out there you read this and know that yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you. -Frida Kahlo