ARTISTS AND THEIR MUSE

“The Muse visits during the process of creation, not before.  Don’t wait for her. Start alone.”  Roger Ebert

I have been trying to spend more quiet time listening to my muse.  I started thinking about real life artists and their muses and thought I’d share some of them.  There are countless stories throughout history of people, be it a man, a woman or something else, that inspired artists to create their best works.

Joanna Hifferman

Joanna Hifferman

Joanna Hifferman was the muse for Whistler for over six years, being the inspiration for such works as Symphony in White #1, Portrait De Jo (pictured above) and more.

Dora Maar

Dora Maar

Dora Maar was the muse to Picasso for over 9 years.  He did several paintings of her, usually with her sad as she had bouts of depression. She was an accomplished photographer from Argentina.  

Gaia Diakonova

Gaia Diakonova

Now this is a juicy story.  Gaia had an affair with painter Max Ernst while married to Paul Eluard. In fact, the three of them actually lived together three years in a menage a trois.  She eventually married Salvador Dali and appeared in most of his paintings.

Edie Sedgewick

Edie Sedgewick

Andy Warhol considered Edie Sedgewick his muse.  However, Bob Dylan must have considered her his muse because the songs “Just Like A Woman” and “Like a Rolling Stone” are supposedly about her.  Unfortunately, she died young of a drug overdose.

Kiki de Montpasmasse

Kiki de Montpasmasse

Her real name was Alice Ernestine Prin.  She became a nude model at age 14 for both Alexander Calder and Jean Cocteau. She was the longtime muse of surrealist photographer Man Ray. When she wrote her autobiography, Ernest Hemingway wrote the introduction.

Georgia O'Keefe

Georgia O’Keefe

Reportedly, art dealer Alfred Stieglitzed fell in love with Georgia O’Keefe’s artwork before he met her.  I love this picture!

Do you have a real-life muse?  I’d love to know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “ARTISTS AND THEIR MUSE

  1. Harmony Harrison

    After all these beautiful images of women-as-muse, I realize that my muses are… my dogs! I guess that’s no surprise to anyone who’s seen my work.

    There are a lot of women in this post, but most of them are muses/models, rather than producing artists themselves. I would be curious about a list of women artists and their muses. What might the differences be?

  2. Vickie Martin

    i’m going to research muses for women artists – trouble is – there aren’t nearly as many female artists – which is another topic maybe – why not?- Dora Maar was a success photographer before she met Picasso, and Georgia O’Keefe was successful. i find it a curious relationship.
    I don’t consider a person really my muse, it is more ethereal than that – and I also get inspiration in nature, and my dogs are a constant source of pleasure

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