Friday, December 14, 2012

Mde. and Srta. --- Day 343

Walk: Sundance Kabuki (Lincoln - 2nd time even better), Trader Joe's, Sacramento Street
Distance: 3.5 miles and teach yoga class

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Mde. Lili Grenier, Henri De Toulouse Lautrec, o/c, circa 1888

From her life-size oil portrait hanging in one gallery of the de Young's William S. Paley Collection, a Taste for Modernism exhibition, Madame Grenier glances at her visitors with disdain. In addition to his skill as a satiric painter of Paris-Cabarets' images, Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec was a gifted portraitist.  He was known to be amused by Mde. Grenier who at 20-something had secured a marriage to a wealthy man and manages in this 1888 portrait to put into her face an air of superior, self-satisfied indolence.

The painting is not necessarily for me, but I found it to be more memorable than I realized when I saw a recent newspaper photo of her current 20-something look alike:

 Actress  (and Srta.)Paz de la Huerta

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