UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee; Division of French & Italian Studies
The lecture “Femmes Fatales figures in late 19th and early 20th century Western Art” will analyze the turn of the century paintings dealing with the subjects of dangerous females bringing destruction to the male world. It will study images inspired by the Bible (of Eve, Salome, Judith, and Delilah) and by Greek mythology. Among the artists discussed will be Edvard Munch, Gustave Moreau, Daniel Gabriel Rossetti, Franz von Stuck and Bruno Schulz. The list of writers mentioned will include Charles Baudelaire, Prosper Merimée, Emile Zola, Oscar Wilde and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. The talk will also cover the topic of early Hollywood “vamps” and we will see clips from films with Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich or Louise Brooks.
Agnieszka Taborska is a writer and art historian. Her main areas of interest are French Surrealism and the image of women in fin de siècle Western art and literature. She is the author of 13 books published in Poland, the US, France, Germany, Japan, and Korea. Among her most well-known titles are Conspirators of Imagination: Surrealism, The Dreaming Life of Leonora de la Cruz and The Unfinished Life of Phoebe Hicks. She divides her time between Warsaw, Poland and Providence, RI where she teaches art history at the Rhode Island School of Design.