Museum D’Orsay in Paris: about Misia, Muse of the Belle Epoque
Exhibition: 12 June – 9 September 2012
Misia Godebska (1872-1950) was a legendary figure of the French art scene from the Belle Epoque to the Roaring Twenties. At first she became known for her talent as a pianist. Her marriage in 1893 to Thadée Natanson, the editor of the journal La Revue blanche, propelled her to the centre of a group of creative artists who were champions of Symbolism and the decorative arts.
At the height of her influence, she became one of the most sought-after portrait models of her time, sitting for Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Toulouse-Lautrec and Renoir. She was a friend of Diaghilev, Nijinsky, Stravinsky, Cocteau and Chanel, and financed the Ballets Russes for over ten years.
This multidisciplinary exhibition brings together portraits of Misia and her entourage, works, documents and accounts by contemporary artists that illustrate the prolific creative activity at the time Misia was the Queen of Paris.
Isabelle Cahn, curator, Musée d’Orsay
Marie Robert, curator, Musée d’Orsay