Muses in a Surreal World

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TAMARA DE LEMPICKA ~ GLAMOUR STAR

…for my inspiration…I liked to go out in the evenings… and have a good-looking man tell me how beautiful I am or how great an artist I am - and he touches my hand … I loved it! – I needed that. And I had many, many.” Tamara de Lempicka Tamara de Lempicka (Łempicka) (16 May 1898 – 18 March 1980), born Maria Górska in Warsaw, Poland, was a Polish Art Deco painter and “the first woman artist to be a glamour star”.

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APOLLO AND THE MUSES ~ ARTISTS AND DEMONS?

“Apollo and the Muses” “Artists are visited by the Muses, or tormented by their own passions and demons.” Wes Nisker

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DORA MAAR ~ THE ULTIMATE MUSE

“Dora Maar in her Studio” Paris, 1946 by Brassai She was born Henriette Theodora Markovitch in Tours, Western France to a Jewish family. Her father, Josip Marković, was a Croat architect, famous for his work in South America; her mother, Julie Voisin, was from Touraine, France. Dora grew up in Argentina. Before meeting Picasso, Maar was already famous as a photographer. She also painted. She met Picasso in January 1936 on the terrace of the Café les Deux Magots in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, when she was 29 years old and...

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G.B. SHAW ~ PASSION AND INSPIRATION OF THE MUSE

* “I want my dark lady. I want my angel. I want my tempter. I want the lighter of my seven lamps of beauty, honour, laughter, music, love, life and immortality. I want my inspiration, my folly, my happiness, my divinity, my madness, my selfishness, my final sanity and sanctification, my transfiguration, my purification, my light across the sea, my palm across the desert, my garden of lovely flowers, my million nameless joys, my day’s wage, my night’s dream, my darling and my star.” ~ George Bernard Shaw in...

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CAMILLE CLAUDEL ~ LETTER TO RODIN

“I sleep completely naked to make me believe you are here, but when I wake up it is not the same thing. Most of all, don’t deceive me with other women any more” Camille Claudel , French sculptor 1864 – 1943 She was the lover and muse of Auguste Rodin.

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SALVADOR DALI AND HIS MUSE GALA

Gala Dalí (7 September 1894 – June 10, 1982), usually known simply as Gala, was the wife of first Paul Éluard, then Salvador Dalí, and an inspiration for them and many other writers and artists. Gala was born Elena Dmitrievna Diakonova in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia, to a family of intellectuals. Among her childhood friends was the poet Marina Tsvetaeva. She was a muse for Dalí who said that she was the one who saved him from madness and an early death.

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DORA MAAR – PICASSO’S MUSE

A constant influence in Picasso’s life was the painter Dora Maar, with whom he had a parallel relationship (the closest was in 1930′s). She featured as his Muse in most of his Abstract Works and was responsible for documenting his most famous work “Guernica.” After the liberation of France, Pablo Picasso fell in love with a French art student, Francois Gilot. Twenty-six years younger than Picasso, Maar was close to the surrealists. Her face and hands fascinated not only Picasso but also the photographer Man Ray, who took her...

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DORA MAAR – PICASSO'S MUSE

A constant influence in Picasso’s life was the painter Dora Maar, with whom he had a parallel relationship (the closest was in 1930′s). She featured as his Muse in most of his Abstract Works and was responsible for documenting his most famous work “Guernica.” After the liberation of France, Pablo Picasso fell in love with a French art student, Francois Gilot. Twenty-six years younger than Picasso, Maar was close to the surrealists. Her face and hands fascinated not only Picasso but also the photographer Man Ray, who took her...

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JEANNE HEBUTERNE ~ IN LOVE WITH MODIGLIANI

Jeanne Hébuterne (April 6, 1898 – January 25, 1920) was a French artist, best known as the frequent subject and common-law wife of the artist Amedeo Modigliani. Born in Paris to a Roman Catholic family, her father, Achille Casimir Hébuterne, worked at Le Bon Marché department store. A beautiful girl, she was introduced to the artistic community in Montparnasse by her brother André Hébuterne who wanted to become a painter. She met several of the then starving artists and modeled for Tsuguharu Foujita. However, wanting to pursue a career...

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LUISA CASATI ~ LA CASATI THE MUSE

“Tall and gaunt with heavily made-up eyes, La Casati represented a past age of splendor when a few beautiful and wealthy women adopted an almost brutally individualistic way of living and presenting themselves to the public.” Elsa Schiaparelli Photo Luisa Casati 1912

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