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Buy Issue A muse, in the most basic sense, is a person who serves as an inspiration to an artist. This ethereal quality to the term adds a weight and sense of grandiosity, something that Katie McCabe, author of the recently published More Than a Muse: Creative Partnerships That Sold Talented Women Shortbelieves can warp our idea of what a muse can be.
Looking at the artistic partnerships of writers, musicians, filmmakers and artists, and celebrating the women who were a part of them, McCabe hopes to help us understand what being a muse actually involved. McCabe cites Elizabeth Siddal as a classic example of this.
It was Nivison that got him a spot in the Brooklyn Museum exhibition where Hopper sold The Mansard Roof, an event which really kicked off his career. She had just a small space behind the kitchen to create her own work. This is similar to Dora Maar, with much of her innovative photographic work being completely overshadowed when she met Picasso, who reduced her to a two-dimensional figure in his works. Once regarded as a muse, these women were reduced to that role only, and any effort to go beyond that was often quashed.
Many people, not just the artists who called these women their muses, but the gallerists, critics and collectors, felt being a muse should be enough for these women, and to seek their own success was unbecoming. McCabe sees the life and work of Camille Claudel as a prime example of this happening.
Claudel struggled to get state commissions for her sculptures, such as The Waltz. She was instructed to clothe the nude dancers as they were considered indecent, because it was produced by a woman.
It was like she was being punished for her talent. Though there has been a lot written about Claudel, the focus is often just on the tragedy around her situation, with an emphasis placed on female pain. Many muses lacked the space to create, sacrificed time tending to the needs of the artist, and were vastly underestimated as creative beings.
If we were to redefine the concept of a muse as something more human, as a coming together of ideas between two people instead, perhaps that would help in getting us closer to seeing those involved as artists and creatives in their own right. More info Buy Me. Out Now! Issue 46 This is the hover state for the latest issue.
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