Friday, January 30, 2015

Models & Muses--Misia Godebska Sert & Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson Sert


Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson 1895



Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Model - Misia Godebska Natanson Sert

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Misia Sert and Valloton at Villeneuve 1899


Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson Sert 1908


Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Misia Woman in Blue Hat


Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Misia avec Thadée Natanson 1902


Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Misia Godebske Writing 1895


Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson Sert 1908-9


Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947). Misa with a Pink Corsage 1908


Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) La maison de Madame Misia Godebska Natanson (1904)


Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) , Jeux d’eau ou Le Voyage for Madame Misia Godebska Natanson Sert 1906-1910


Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947). Portrait of the Artist in the Bathroom Mirror (Self-Portrait), 1939-1945


Model & Muse - Misia Godebska Natanson Sert 1872-1950


Misia Godebska Sert (1872-1950) became a muse in Paris from an early age and maintained her influence for over 50 years.  Although she played the piano, she did not directly create anything; but she was an inspiration for a wide variety of other artists.

Photo by Jean Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson

It is said that early in her life, the beautiful Misia took husbands rather than lovers & became a rich woman.

Photo by Jean Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson

Admirers who couldn’t paint wrote poems & music dedicated to her.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) in His Studio with Misia Natanson

Misia became muse to Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, Vuillard, Renoir, Diaghilev, Cocteau, & Vallaton.

Photo by Jean Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940) Misia and Thadee Natanson

Masia Zofia Olga Zenajda Godebska was born on 30 March 1872 to Sophie Servais & Cyprien Godebski.

Photo by Jean Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson 1897

She was born in Russia just outside of St. Petersburg, where her father, a sculptor, was engaged in reconstruction of the palace.

Photo by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson et Edwards assis sur le pont 1906

Her mother died shortly after giving birth to her.

Jean Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940) and Madame Misia Godebska Natanson 1899

The motherless baby was called Misia, a Polish diminutive of the name Maria.

Madame Misia Godebska Natanson Sert

She lived with her maternal grandmother & other relatives as a child, while her father was busy with a new wife.

Photo by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Mme Eugène Bonnard, Misia, et Ida Godebska en 1900

As a child, Misia was a talented pianist & pupil of Gabriël Fauré, who called her a prodigy.

Madame Misia Godebska Natanson Sert

When she was 8, she joined her father and stepmother in Paris in 1880.  Even before she reached Paris, she was accustomed to associating with artists & musicians. When she was only seven, Misia sat on the lap of the great Liszt at the home of her grandmother near Brussels & played him a Beethoven bagatelle. "Ah, if only 1 could still play like that." the old man sighed.

Misia ran away from her harsh step-mother (a marquise, a dipso-maniac, whose breakfast included bread soaked in chartreuse) at the age of 12, and Faure, her early teacher & a great composer, helped her to set up as a music teacher.

When she was 14, the poet Mallarme wrote poems for her on her fan, and Debussy played to her from the score of "Pelleas and Melisande" on which he was working.

At 15, Ibsen took her to a dress rehearsal of his masterpiece "The Master Builder."

Photo by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson Sert 1906

In 1893, she married Tadeusz Natanson, a Polish émigré to Paris, a politician & journalist, when she was 21, although later she lied about her age & claimed to have been married at 15.

Coco Chanel and Madame Misia Godebska Natanson Sert

The newlyweds enjoyed access to the highest creative circles in Paris. Artists visited their home & were commissioned to create art for it.

Madame Misia Godebska Natanson Sert

The high cost of entertaining and enjoying the high life took its toll.

Madame Misia Godebska Natanson Sert

When her husband, editor of La Revue blanche magazine, was on the brink of bankruptcy, the newspaper magnate Alfred Edwards saved him, on condition that he surrender his wife to him.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson

Misia began living with Alfred Edwards in 1903. She lived with Edwards, until he fell in love with another woman.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson Sert 1900

Around that time she started hosting a more formal literary-artistic salon in Paris.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson 1895

She acquired considerable influence in Parisian musical & artistic circles.

Félix Vallotton. (1865 - 1925). Misia at Her Dressing Table 1898

Stéphane Mallarmé, Claude Debussy, as well as painters such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Vuillard, Félix Vallotton, and Pierre Bonnard were among her guests.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson 1910

She was a confidante of Pablo Picasso & Jean Cocteau.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson Sert

She became an early patron of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Model Madame Misia Godebska Natanson 1895

Misia's third marriage was to the Spanish painter Jose Maria Sert (1876-1945).

Félix Vallotton. (1865 - 1925). Misa a son bureau

She loved Sert so much, that she let him leave her; when he fell in love with another woman, Roussadana Mdivani.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson 1897

When the “other woman” died, Sert returned to Misia.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson Sert 1904

Misia was painted many times by her artist friends.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Model Madame Misia Godebska Natanson

She became close friends with designer Coco Chanel.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Madame Misia Godebska Natanson 1897

Proust immortalized her in 'Remembrance of Things Past' as his Princess Yourbeletieff. Ravel dedicated "Le Cygne" (The Swan) in Histoires naturelles, & La Valse (The Waltz) to her. To gain access to the Ballets Russes, a young Jean Cocteau became her protege and made her the heroine Princess de Bormes in his novel Thomas l'imposteur.  In the end, Misia seems to survive only in the work of others.


Morning Madonna


Madonna With A Quail by Pisanello (Italian artist, c 1395–c 1455), or Antonio di Puccio Pisano or Antonio di Puccio da Cereto

In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were the core of early Western art.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Interiors - Scottish painter Annie Rose Laing (née Low) 1869-1946



Annie Rose Laing (née Low) (Glasgow painter, 1869-1946) At the Breakfast Table

Each time I look at these paintings, I think of my grandmother. The light; the tall windows; the muted rug; the lace tablecloths & curtains; the piano & its red shawl; the intimate table talk - she is in all of it. I can smell the warm bread & the tea. I was an only child, & my grandmother was a remarkable woman. And, apparently, so was artist Annie Rose Low Laing, who somehow painted my childhood without ever knowing my grandmother or my mother or me & without ever being in my grandmother's house. Born in Glasgow, she painted figures, landscapes, & interiors. She exhibited mainly in Scotland, lived for a while in Italy, & finally settled in London. She exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Academy, the Glasgow Institute, the Walker Gallery, and elsewhere during her lifetime.


Annie Rose Laing (née Low) (Glasgow painter, 1869-1946) The Breakfast Table



Annie Rose Laing (née Low) (Glasgow painter, 1869-1946) The Mirror



Annie Rose Laing (née Low) (Glasgow painter, 1869-1946) A Helesburgh Breakfast



Annie Rose Laing (née Low) (Glasgow painter, 1869-1946) After Rehearsal



 Annie Rose Laing (née Low) (Glasgow painter, 1869-1946) After Dinner



Annie Rose Laing (née Low) (Glasgow painter, 1869-1946) Sewing


Morning Madonna


Mosaic Artist, Italian Santi Maria e Donato, Murano, 1200-50


In this blog, I try to begin each day with a painting of the Madonna & Child. It centers me; connects me to the past; & encourages me to post some of the religious paintings which were the core of early Western art.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Interiors - Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)



Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)  The White Interior



Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Basket and Plate of Fruit on a Red-Checkered Tablecloth 1939



Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Interior with Flowers 1919



Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947) Basket of Fruit Oranges and Persimmons, c 1940



Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Work Table 1926 reworked 1937



Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947) Poppies 1914-15



Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)  Table Setting under the lamp (c. 1899)



Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) The Breakfast Room 1931



Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)  The Bowl of Milk (1919)



Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947) Mimosa 1915



Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) The Dressing Room 1892



Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947). The Provencal Jug 1930



Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) Open Window



Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) The Window



Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947) Bouquet of Mimosas, c 1945



Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) The Yellow Room 1942



Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947) Still Life with Earthenware Dish 1918



Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947) Norman Earthenware 1910



Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947) Basket of Fruit, 1930



Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947) Interior 1913



Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947) Still Life with Lemons 1917-18



Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947) Dining Room Overlooking the Garden (The Breakfast Room), 1930-31



Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947) Pot of Flowers 1888



Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947)  Table in Front of the Window, 1934-35



Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947) The Blue Pot 1920



Pierre Bonnard (French artist, 1867-1947) Corner of the Dining Room



Pierre Bonnard (French artist, 1867-1947) Dining Room on the Garden



Pierre Bonnard (French artist, 1867-1947) The Door Window with Dog



Pierre Bonnard (French artist, 1867-1947) The Workshop with Mimosa 1935



Pierre Bonnard (French artist, 1867-1947) Toilet with a banquet red and yellow 1913



Pierre Bonnard (French artist, 1867-1947) The Red Cupboard