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Sunday, January 24, 10:15 – 11am


Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Portrait of Misia Sert, 1907. BF565. Public Domain.

Free; registration required.

About the Event

Each month, members of our Art Team—a group of professional art historians, artists, and educators—present their ongoing research on the collection to members. These 20-minute talks are a great way to learn more about your favorite artists in the collection. After the talks, Art Team members are available to answer questions and exchange ideas.

This January, Ann Moss discusses Renoir's Portrait of Misia Sert in Room 18. Pianist and arts patron Misia Sert posed for many well-known painters in our collection, including Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, and Vuillard. She was also a friend and confidant of Picasso, Monet, Proust, Cocteau, and Stravinsky, as well as Marie Laurencin, Serge Diaghilev, and Coco Chanel. This talk will examine the uses of women’s portraiture, compare Renoir’s 1903 and 1907 paintings of Sert, and review the ways other artists’ portraits of Sert capture her legendary beauty and influence in the arts.