Seraphine de Senlis

I recently went to the Fine Arts Theater to see the new film Seraphine based on the true story of the life of a French house keeper and painter. (Click on images below to make them larger)

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Though it wasn’t a high-action drama or heartbreaking love story I was totally sucked in.   I think I was most inspired by how she absolutely could not ignore her passion for painting.  Even in really hard times she chose to spend her money on supplies for her art rather than food or coal.   I agree that it’s a little extreme, but the result was truly amazing. (Keep in mind that these paintings were pretty large, almost as tall as her.)

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She was discovered in 1912 by Wilhelm Uhde, a German art critic and collector (first buyer of Picasso and Rousseau!).  She was working for him as his maid at the time.  You’ll have to see the movie to find out the rest, of course.

To learn more about her go to: http://serdar-hizli-art.com/modern_painting/seraphine.htm

To watch the trailer for the movie go to: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2926541/seraphine_movie_trailer/