Self Portrait as a Sphinx (Fantastical Inkwell)

Sarah Bernhardt

12.50h x 13.75w x 12.50d in

BES001

1880

Description

 

Sarah Bernhardt's life and legacy are momentus. She was an actress and superstar who, over the course of her life, produced fifty documented artworks. Of those fifty, a mere twenty-five are known to still exist. This is an inkwell she fahsioned in 1880. It is a self-portrait of the artist as a sphinx, cast in bronze and styled in a deeply Symbolist and Art Nouveau manner. It is said to have been inspired by her 1874 performance in Le Sphinx— an encore of sorts.

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