Zoom Lecture


Monday, 8 May 2023

5:00-6:40 pm Paris time

Sarah Bernhardt - A Star is Born

A lecture on the exhibition at the Petit Palais, Paris

(14 April – 27 August 2023)

with Chris Boïcos

Sarah Bernhardt, (1844-1923), was an emblematic figure who spanned the 19th and 20th centuries. The “Divine Sarah”, who was an artist as well as an actress, takes center stage at the Petit Palais in an exceptional exhibition to mark the centenary of her death. The museum holds important collections of works linked to the actress, including the spectacular portrait of her that was painted in 1876 by her friend Georges Clairin.    


With over 400 works – stage costumes, photographs, paintings, posters, memorabilia - the exhibition traces the life and theatrical career of this “sacred monster”, as Jean Cocteau dubbed her. A legendary performer of the greatest roles from Racine, Shakespeare, Edmond Rostand and Alexandre Dumas fils, among others, Sarah Bernhardt went from triumph to triumph in theatres all over the world.  


She was the friend of painters such as Gustave Doré, Georges Clairin, Louise Abbéma, and Alphonse Mucha, but also of writers like Victor Hugo, Victorien Sardou and Sacha Guitry, as well as musicians and composers like Reynaldo Hahn. She was an artist herself, and an entire section of the exhibition focuses on this lesser-known aspect of her life.    

Georges Clairin, Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt, 1876, Paris, Petit Palais
Georges Clairin, Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt, 1876, Paris, Petit Palais

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