Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Misia at the piano1902 - Oil on canvas - H. 46,2 ; L. 39 cm - San Francisco, Collection of Ann & Gordon Getty© ADAGP, Paris 2012


Until September 9th 2012 – Musee d’Orsay

Misia Godebska (1872-1950) was a legendary figure of the French art scene from the Belle Époque 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.

Félix Vallotton Misia at Her Dressing Table© RMN (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski


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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.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Poster for La Revue Blanche 1895 Colour lithograph, brushwork, pencil and crachis - H. 128 ; W. 92 cm - Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France© Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris


Th
is 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.

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