“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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.