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Art Historian Talk: Sarah Bernhardt and the Belle Époque

How did the daughter and niece of courtesans, a Jewish woman, an unwed mother purportedly promiscuous with both sexes and an eventual amputee, come to be known as “the greatest actress of the Western world”? at the Portland Art Museum, Carol Ockman, Ph.D., Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History, Williams College will give a talk focusing on Bernhardt’s 60-year career and remarkable talent for self-promotion at the dawn of mass culture, including her self-presentation, her recourse to the artistic talents of Art Nouveau poster wizard Alphonse Mucha and celebrity photographer Félix Nadar, together with well-publicized eccentricities—a menagerie, an excursion in a hot air balloon, and a resident skeleton and coffin at home.

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 226-2811