Singer and dancer Josephine Baker was probably the closest thing the Jazz Age had to a mega-star. The African American diva, who was known as "La Baker" in her adopted France, was a worldwide celebrity and devoted civil rights activist who first rose to fame by dancing in a skirt of artificial bananas and very little else. While Baker's activism and military service were commendable, they often took a back seat in the contemporary media to her eventful personal life - a close friend of Grace Kelly, Baker adopted twelve children, became a spy during WWII and collected a menagerie of animals including a goat and a pet cheetah named Chiquita!
About the artist
Michaela Gall studied at Chelsea School of Art and L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris. She works on paper and in ceramic. Her work is produced under the umbrella of Majolica, a form of ceramics originated in Renaissance Italy which uses tin-glazes painted over an opaque white background glaze, with an earthenware body. Michaela creates pieces that are painted within the tradition of Folk Art, documenting various subjects such as historical events, patterns, symbols and people from different cultures. Her celebrated Painted Portrait series explores various cultural figures throughout history from Queen Elizabeth I to Jimi Hendrix.