Misia Sert, née Godebska (1872–1950), was a muse and a patron to some of the most famous musicians, artists and writers from the Belle Époque of the 1890s through to the 1930s. According to Paul Morand, ‘She excited genius ... through nothing but the vibration of her being’. A talented musician in her own right, she studied piano under the composer Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924). An enthusiastic performer of Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin, she was passionate about Debussy and Ravel, the latter dedicating both Le Cygne (The Swan, 1906) and La Valse (The Waltz, 1920) to her. In the twentieth century, Misia’s musical tastes turned towards a new aesthetic represented by Satie, Stravinsky, Auric and Poulenc. One of the most prolifically painted women of her time, Misia was portrayed by Vuillard, Bonnard, Vallotton, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and many others. Join us as we present the music of the Belle Époque and beyond; become a part of our encounter with Misia, a woman whose magnetic presence made her a muse and an arbiter of taste for several decades.
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