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Sarah Bernhardt Pouch

REF CU100773 EAN 3336728646563

 Sarah Bernhardt Pouch

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Sarah Bernhardt Pouch

In the privacy of her home or in the theatre, Sarah Bernhardt made her life into a spectacle at the service of her talent.

To achieve this, she managed to inspire the admiring complicity of painters, sculptor, photographers and poster designers, who depicted the many facets of her role as a Diva. The painter Clairin, who was her lover and then a loyal friend, remained the official portraitist of his illustrious muse for fifty years.

This large portrait showing the subject in a white satin dress, with a very studied nonchalance, was one of Sarah Bernhardt's favourites and she kept it all her life. In 1876 it heralded the Art Nouveau aesthetic, with its sinuous lines, pearlescent tones and the magnetism of a feminine presence that is both seductive and disquieting. When his mother died, Maurice Bernhardt donated it to the Petit Palais, where it keeps the myth of this great actress alive.

15 x 20,5 cm
5.9" x 8"
Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt, 1876
Material of the original
Oil on canvas
Paris - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris - Petit Palais
Portrait, Theatre, music and dance
Art movements
French paintings, 19th century
Georges Clairin (1843-1919)
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