Misia, reine de Paris
Misia Godebska—better known as Misia Sert—was a great patroness of the arts, a muse for composers and painters, and an arbiter of style in the Paris of the 1920s and 1930s. A friend, among others, of Diaghilev, Chanel, Cocteau, Stravinsky, and Picasso, she sat for portraits by artists like Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec, and was an early patroness of the Ballets Russes. (She was also the subject of a wonderful biography by the duo-pianists Robert Fizdale and Arthur Gold.) Now the Musee d’Orsay is putting on an excellent exhibition that includes “portraits of Misia and her entourage, works, and documents and accounts by contemporary artists,” intended to “illustrate the prolific creative activity at the time Misia was the Queen of Paris.” Also well worth seeing is a separate exhibition at the Petit Palais in Paris of the work of her third husband, the muralist José María Sert.
The Musee d’Orsay is open Tuesday-Sunday, 9:30 AM-6 PM. For information about admission, visit musee-orsay.fr.. José María Sert, le Titan à l’œuvre is open at the Petit Palais through August 5. For more information, visit petitpalais.paris.fr.
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