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The Extraordinary Life of Misia Sert: Muse of Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard and Vuillard. Concert Pianist and Fashion Icon

Born into a Polish family, Misia was a virtuoso pianist taught by Gabriel Fauré, before marrying Thadee Natanson owner of the magazine ‘La Revue Blanche’. She was painted by Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre Bonnard, Eduard Vuillard, and Renoir who wanted to paint her nude. She knew Debussy and Ravel who dedicated several pieces to her. She later remarried a wealthy businessman and was able to finance Diaghilev’s Russian Ballets becoming an integral part of the circle around Picasso, Stravinsky, Cocteau and Nijinsky. Her final marriage was to the Spanish muralist José Sert. She became Coco Chanel’s closet friend and confidante. Misia was at the very heart of modern art and music in Paris. She was the subject of a major exhibition in the Musée d’Orsay in 2012.

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