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33. THE INCOMPARABLE BEATRICE WOOD, PART 2

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THE 'MAMA OF DADA'
Beatrice was sharp, quirky, and interesting...fun to be around and, consequently, people naturally were drawn to her.

Beatrice was known to many as 'Beato'.  She took that name after her close friend Rosalind Rajagopal’s daughter, Radha, was unable to pronounce ‘Beatrice’ and so, called her ‘Beato.’  Beatrice began signing her work that way and it stuck...



I never once called her 'Beato'.  Perhaps it was partly out of respect, but I always preferred to address her by her given name, 'Beatrice.'  To me, that name fit her perfectly.  And she always signed her letters to me...'Beatrice'.

Beatrice had a wonderful shaded garden with a koi pond.  She had chaise lounges, chairs, and umbrellas in several sheltered areas that visitors could languish in if they chose...though Beatrice herself never seemed to.  I enjoyed going into the garden and doing pen & ink drawings of it.



To the right of Marcel Duchamp, the edge of her koi pond …