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Misia Sert

Painting, 1904, 92×73 cm

Description of the artwork «Misia Sert»

For Moesia Godebski even in the modern world it is hardly possible to find the right professional roles. She did not create any of the artwork, she creates a masterpiece of his own and inspired the most brilliant artists and writers of his time. Misia was friends with Toulouse-Lautrec, Debussy, Mallarme, Renoir, Stravinsky, Picasso without her , would not take place premiere of "Parsley" - that she helped Diaghilev money when production is under threat. When Misia was the wife of Thode Natanson, editor of the art magazine La Revue blanche, she was a consultant to the editorial choice of topics and personalities. She spoke all European languages and was the closest friend of Coco Chanel, in her honor named one of the fragrances of the fashion house – Misia.

Misia of Godebska was married three times and, much to the disappointment of many passionate lovers fans, never wound up novels on the side. In a time when Renoir painted her portrait, it was Misia Edwards.

But for Alfred Edwards, husband MISI, already professional roles were defined to have: a breeder, a multi-millionaire. He owned a dozen businesses, and one of the first to mine the bauxite for the manufacture of new metal with a great future – aluminium. "To be a woman and to marry her, he came up with the following method: every night at dinner all her friends. To not be alone, she was forced to join the company. Edwards was seated at her right hand and every time under the cloth, she found a hard case with diamond a great price"- recalled Renoir and added that no woman against this would not hold.

For Auguste Renoir, then confined to a wheelchair, the house MISI and Alfred built the lift so that the artist could come up to the room mistress for sessions of posing. When the work was finished, Misia gave Auguste a blank check and asked to independently assess the picture. Renoir, in the opinion of Madame Edwards (surname Sert it will get from my next husband), was too modest in assessing his work.

For the artist it was a time when he talked in his picturesque language, when he became famous and could finally not worry about money. This late period of art called "red" by Renoir is not afraid of bright, passionate colors and masterfully creates a complex color palette. His palette becomes extremely concise. "Poor means the rich result" it puts the artist in front of a puzzling task and brilliantly cope with it. Hard to believe that this year Auguste was not able to juggle and replaced the charging for patients disfigured by rheumatism of the hands of the more simple – tossing Polenz. Soon he can't hold it.

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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Portrait

Style of art: Impressionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1904

Size: 92×73 cm

Artwork in selections: 8 selections

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