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10 June 2019The extraordinary life of Misia Sert, Muse to Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard and Vuillard. Patron of the Ballets Russes, Concert Pianist and Fashion Icon (2.0pm start)
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The extraordinary life of Misia Sert, Muse to Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard and Vuillard. Patron of the Ballets Russes, Concert Pianist and Fashion Icon (2.0pm start) Julian Halsby Monday 10 June 2019

Julian Halsby studied the History of Art at Cambridge and was formerly senior lecturer and head of Department at Croydon College of Art. He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics, the Critics Circle, and he interviews artists for the Artist Magazine. A practising artist he was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1994 and was appointed Keeper in 2010.

 Born into a Polish family, Misia was a virtuoso pianist taught by Gabriel Fauré, before marrying Thadée Natanson owner of the magazine, La Revue Blanche. She was painted many times by Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, Eduard Vuillard (who was in love with her) and Renoir. Ravel dedicated several pieces to her and when she married a wealthy businessman she was able to finance Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, becoming a part of the circle around Picasso, Stravinsky, Cocteau and Nijinsky. Misia was at the very heart of modern art and music in Paris and was the subject of a major exhibition in the Musée d’Orsay in 2012.