Geroge Sand was the nom de plume (her literary pseudonym) of Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, a French novelist and memoirist. She was one of the most popular writers of her time, even more popular than Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac in England in 1830s and 1840s, being until today recognised as one of the… Continue reading Who was George Sand?
Rosa Bonheur was a French painter and sculptor. She is famous for the realism of her works. She was an “animalière”, which means a painter of animals. Bonheur is widely considered as the most famous female painter during the 19th century. Rosa Bonheur was born in Bordeaux (1822) in a family of artists. Her mother… Continue reading Who was Rosa Bonheur?
Uemura Shoen was the pseudonym of Uemura Tsune, an important artist in Meiji, Taisho and early Showa period Japanese painting. To those who are not familiar with the history of Japan, the Meiji period starts at late 19th century and the Taisho and Showa cover almost all 20th century. Daughter Miyuki by Uemura Shoen -… Continue reading Who was Uemura Shoen?
Carnival is coming, it's a very popular party all over the world, celebrated in different ways. Today I want to talk about the story of a woman who has forever changed the carnival of her country, Brazil. Francisca Edwiges Neves Gonzaga, or as she’s better known Chiquinha Gonzaga, was a Brazilian composer, pianist and the… Continue reading The Lady of Carnival
Marguerite Guggenheim, or Peggy Guggenheim as she's best known, was an American Art Collector born in NYC. She was also an important patron of the Abstract Expressionist school of artists in New York. Her father was Benjamin Guggenheim, a son of a wealthy mining magnate, he died in the Titanic disaster in 1912. And one… Continue reading Who was Peggy Guggenheim?