The Modern Muse
The Modern Muse focuses on the relationship between the artist and his Muse throughout the last century and will include important works by Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Kees van Dongen and others. Throughout the history of art, the female Muse has been ever-present. Traditionally, the female form was presented as an idealized image of beauty, or as a Saint or Goddess. Beginning in the late nineteenth-century however, many artists began to turn away from traditional religious and historical themes and instead took their inspiration from “modern” life. The Muse took on a different, more personal role. The “modern” woman, whether the hired model, the intimate lover, or the stylish woman of the Parisian beau monde, would become the artist’s foremost Muse.
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