Thursday, September 26, 2019

Molti Ritratti: Colette

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954) is best known for her writing, but she also had a stage career when young. Her Wikipedia entry is here.

Unlike most of these "Molti Ritratti" posts, the subject sat for few formal portraits. What we mostly have are some informal paintings along with some sketches of her.

Regardless, how she was portrayed is emblematic of her times and career.


Photo - 1906
Taken during her stage performance days.

By Fernand Humbert - c. 1896

By Jacques-Émille Blanche - c. 1905
The only formal, society-type portrait by a major artist that I could find.

By Henri Hensel - 1911
A mess, but hey!! it's Modern.

By René Carrere - 1918
Modernist feeling, but quite representational.

By André Favory - 1924
This is the last dated image I found on the Web.

By Shoshana Kertesz
Probably painted during the 1920s.

By André Dignimont
A very French sketchy take on her.

By Emilie Charmy

By Marcel Vertès

By Jean Cocteau
He was a jack of many artistic trades.

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