Creation Date: 1879
Size: 43.125 x 32.25 in (109.7 x 82 cm)
Media: Oil on canvas
Location: Private Collection
Today's post is brought to you by a very special guest: art historian, Luc Travers. If you enjoy this selection and what he has to say, I would encourage you to check out Luc's website which has information about upcoming museum tours, information about his book Touching the Art, videos and more! It's definitely worth visiting.
"The elegantly dressed woman sits staring at an object in her hand. The object is a statuette, seemingly ancient, of a lyre player raising his head in song.
The woman tenderly holds the memento, her lowered eyes affectionately gaze upon it, and her mouth is parted--almost a sigh, perhaps singing. Maybe she's just realized something about the object's significance to her, or maybe she is singing in response to the statuette's quiet melodies.
Her name is Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous actress of the 19th century. As for the possible meaning of the statuette to her: theatre was born in Ancient Greece from musician-poets playing the lyre.
In her portrait, Madame Bernhardt communes with a symbol of her craft and passion. What would you tenderly hold and passionately look upon in your portrait?"
- Luc Travers
Sarah Bernhardt by Jules Bastien-LePage
The Cult of Beauty exhibit at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
For more of my favorites from the "Cult of Beauty" exhibit, please visit: http://www.luctravers.com/cult-of-beauty-exhibit.html
To learn how to make art more personally powerful check out the book, Touching The Art.