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Artists and Their Muses
I'm looking for those women who were real muses. Yes, I want to know more women like these. They are extremely beautiful and expressive, and they were immortalized by the greatest artists of the history. I think they're totally admirable.

Lina Franziska Fehrmann
- Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's Muse

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Fränzi vor geschnitztem Stuhl and Marzella, respectively

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Kiki de Montparnass
- Man Ray's Muse


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Lee Miller
- Man Ray's Muse

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Lilya Brik - Rodchenko's Muse and many other. She reminds me of Theda Bara.
By Vladimir Mayakovsky

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And the well known Lisa Gherardini - Da Vinci's Muse

"A Mona Lisa brasileira" (The Brazilian Mona Lisa) Street art by TARS in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Amanda Lear - Dali's Muse

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Amanda by David Bailey

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Edie Sedgwick - Andy Warhol's Muse

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Interesting thread! Artists and their muses always fascinate me in their special bond.

One that comes to mind is Pablo Picasso & Dora Maar, who was one of Pablo's mistresses.

pictured with Picasso's "The Weeping Woman" (1937)



"Dora Maar in an Armchair", "Dora Maar au chat", "Dora Maar seated"

Dora Maar encouraged Pablo to be more daring in his art, and he began experimenting with bright colors and geometric shapes.

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Thanks ScarlettLover! amazing contribution. She looks so interesting and those paintings are awesome! I like Picasso, Cubism was a great art movement. The first one called "La Llorona" is one of my favorites art works ever.

And now one of my favorite muses Jane Avril, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's Muse.

She was a French can-can dancer, nicknamed La Mélinite.


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Jane Avril by Toulouse Lautrec, 1893


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Jane Avril, 1892

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Camille Doncieux - Monet's Muse
She was Monet's wife and she was his model since 1865. She also modelled for Pierre-August Renoir and Édouard Manet. She died, probably of pelvic cancer. On 5 September 1879; Monet painted her on her death bed.


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Camille on her Deathbed by Claude Monet, 1879

Camille on the Beach at Trouville by Claude Monet, 1870

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Victorine Meurent - Manet's Muse
Victorine Louise Meurent (February 18, 1844 – March 17, 1927) was a French painter and a famous model for painters. Although she is now best known as the favourite model of Édouard Manet, she also was an artist in her own right, who exhibited repeatedly at the prestigious Paris Salon. She also modeled for Edgar Degas, Alfred Stevens, Norbert Goeneutte and Toulouse-Lautrec. She was nicknamed as La Crevette (The Shrimp).


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Olympia by Manet, 1863


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Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe by Manet, 1862–1863


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The Railway by Manet, 1872

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Palm Sunday
by Victorine Meurent, (is the only surviving example of her work), c. 1880s

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Wally - Schiele's Muse
Valerie Neuzil best known as Wally was the muse and the lover of Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele. Egon met her in 1911 when she was 17 years old and then she was a model for a number of Schiele's most striking paintings.


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Porträt von Wally,
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Wally in Red Blouse With Raised Knees, 1912

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Woman in Black Stockings, 1913

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Seated woman with bent knee, 1917

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Lydia Delectorskaya - Matisse’s Russian Muse

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Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya, 1947

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Young Woman in a Blue Blouse, 1939

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Adele Bloch-Bauer - Gustav Klimt's Muse
She was the only person to be painted twice by Klimt.


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Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907

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This painting, which took three years to complete, was commissioned by the wealthy industrialist Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, who made his money in the sugar industry. Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer favored the arts, especially Klimt, and commissioned him to complete another portrait of his wife Adele in 1912. Adele Bloch-Bauer was the only person to be painted twice by Klimt. This painting is perhaps most famous not for its artistic quality, but because of its scandalous history since inception. Upon her death, Adele Bloch-Bauer wished the painting to be given to the Austrian State Gallery, but it was seized by advancing German forces in World War II. In 1945, Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer designated the paintings to be the property of his nephew and nieces, including Maria Altmann. Nonetheless, the Austrian government retained ownership of the painting, and was not returned to the Altmann family until 2006 after a long court battle. The painting was then sold at auction for $135 million dollars, which at that time was the highest price paid at auction for a painting. It is now displayed the Neue Art Gallery in New York. Wikipaintings.org

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Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II, 1912

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Adele Bloch-Bauer II is a 1912 painting by Gustav Klimt. Adele Bloch-Bauer was the wife of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, who was a wealthy industrialist who sponsored the arts and supported Gustav Klimt. Adele Bloch-Bauer was the only model to be painted twice by Klimt; she also appeared in the much more famous Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Adele's portraits had hung in the family home prior to their seizure by the Nazis during WWII. The Austrian museum where they resided after the war was reluctant to return them to their rightful owners, hence a protracted court battle in the United States and in Austria (see Republic of Austria v. Altmann)ensued, which resulted in five Gustav Klimt paintings being returned to Maria Altmann, the niece of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, in January 2006. In November 2006, Christie's auction house sold "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II" at auction for almost $88 million, the fourth-highest priced piece of art at auction at the time. Wikipedia.org

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Charis Wilson | Edward Weston's Muse
Charis Wilson, was the muse and wife of the photographer Edward Weston. She was the subject of many of his best-known nude portraits.

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Lella | Edward Boubat's Muse
Very much in love, Lella acted as Boubat's muse through much of his early career, marrying soon after this image was taken. The photographs of Lella were taken at the beginning of his career when he moved away from photojournalism to more humanistic photography.

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Georgia O'Keeffe | Alfred Stieglitz's Muse
"Stieglitz photographed me first at his gallery '291' in the spring of 1917. . . . My hands had always been admired since I was a little girl—but I never thought much about it. He wanted head and hands and arms on a pillow—in many different positions. I was asked to move my hands in many different ways—also my head—and I had to turn this way and that. . . . Stieglitz had a very sharp eye for what he wanted to say with the camera. . . . His idea of a portrait was not just one picture. His dream was to start with a child at birth and photograph that child in all of its activities as it grew to be a person and on throughout its adult life. As a portrait it would be a photographic diary."

Georgia O'Keeffe, 1978


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Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn | Irving Penn's Muse
"I’m just a good clothes hanger.” Humble words, indeed, considering the speaker was model Lisa Fonssagrives, one of the most elegant women ever to wear a dress. She was at the height of her career in 1949 when Time put her on its cover. Fonssagrives was by then known to women nationwide as the face that sold them everything from hair dye to haute couture. Commanding a rate of $40 an hour when other top models topped out around $25, Fonssagrives was “a billion-dollar baby with a billion-dollar smile and a billion-dollar salesbook in her billion-dollar hand,” the magazine gushed. “She is the new goddess of plenty.”

She was also the apple of Irving Penn’s eye. “Yes, yes, YES!” Time’s reporter recorded Vogue’s star lensman murmuring excitedly during a photo shoot with Fonssagrives. “That’s so beautiful . . .” Photographer and muse had met two years before, at Penn’s memorable “12 Beauties” sitting for Vogue. It was a coup de foudre for Penn, who placed his future wife at the center of the composition, a delicate ice-carved swan. Fonssagrives—whose marriage to the dancer-photographer Fernand Fonssagrives was by then dissolving—would marry Penn in the summer of 1950, just after he photographed her in the fall collections in an old top-floor studio in Paris.

There, under the pristine north light favored by artists for its neutrality and evenness, Penn posed his models, cinched and trussed in the latest couture confections, against a mottled gray nineteenth-century theater curtain. Spread across two issues that September, the groundbreaking fashion portfolio marked a stark departure from the elaborately staged sets favored by the likes of Cecil Beaton, for whom Fonssagrives posed only once. (“I really wasn’t his type,” she said.)

But she was definitely Penn’s. The two shared a similar stripped-down sensibility: Penn didn’t go in for props or fantasy settings, instead believing that the subject itself was powerful enough to drive the shot; he focused intently on making images that “burn on the page” (as Allene Talmey, a Vogue features editor, once put it). Though often dressed to the nines, the Swedish-born Fonssagrives was a barefoot soul who liked to swim in the nude. She was comfortable enough in her well-toned, slender body—her Barbie-doll waist could be cinched to a mere seventeen inches—to bare all before the camera, daringly sunbathing naked at the edge of a cliff; or pensive and fragile behind a harp’s long strings.

From her first test shots with Horst P. Horst in 1936, Fonssagrives had studied the nuances of modeling—“Making a beautiful picture is making art, isn’t it?” she asked—with a photographer’s eye, observing the way light hit the dress she was wearing as well as its drape. Then, with a discipline and dramatic flair learned from years of dance, she would stand in front of the camera and, as she once put it, “concentrate my energy until I could sense it radiate into the lens.” She called it “still dancing.”

Fonssagrives was by 1950 a consummate professional, at the age of 39 having modeled for fourteen years for top talents like Horst and Erwin Blumenfeld, who in 1939 snapped her in a flowing Lucien Lelong dress swinging gaily from an Eiffel Tower girder for French Vogue. (A bit of a daredevil, Fonssagrives flew planes and zoomed into Manhattan for modeling jobs in her red-upholstered Studebaker convertible, collecting tickets all the way.)

“There was a gravitas about her that imposed admiration and respect,” Condé Nast’s editorial director Alexander Liberman once said. Fonssagrives turned her body into an exquisite sculpture. She wore Balenciaga’s beige wool duvetyn mantle coat, its arms laddered with giant folds, as a Queen would her cape—her eyebrows arching over expressive cat eyes and high, planed cheeks. A slight twist of her torso gave Rochas’s mermaid sheath the sinuous motion of a sea siren, as she flicked her mer-tail of rustling silk taffeta.

“I was a sculptor all my life,” said Fonssagrives-Penn, who had a successful second career in that field. “I was a form in space.”

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Peggy Guggenheim - Muse of the Modern Art
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Peggy was a lifelong lover of art and artists, most notably recognized by her eggplant shaped nose, the result of a botched nose job. (She requested it look, to quote Tennyson's Idylls of the King, "tip-tilted like the petal of a flower." After the incident, Jackson Pollock reportedly said that you would have to put a towel over Guggenheim's head to have sex with her. But this didn't keep Peggy down! When asked by an interviewer how many husbands she had, Guggenheim replied: "Do you mean mine, or other people's?" At her gallery she showed Marcel Duchamp, Jean Cocteau, Jean Arp, Wassily Kandinksy, Yves Tanguy, and Wolfgang Paalen-- and is said to have slept with most of them. She also had an affair with Samuel Beckett and married Max Ernst. A final great Peggy quote: "I am furious when I think of all the men who slept with me while thinking of other men who have slept with me before." huffingtonpost.com

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