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In iconographical terms, there are three motifs associated with la Parisienne as muse: she is depicted as inhabiting an artistic milieu; she is the subject of portraiture; and she is sui generis or self-fashioning. Many Parisiennes are described as muses not only to painters, poets and writers, but also fashion designers, musicians and filmmakers. In Elena et les hommes, Elena's status as Parisienne and muse is over-determined by real-life nineteenth-century Parisiennes upon whom her character is based. The main inspiration for Elena Sorokowska is Parisienne Misia Godebska, a Polish emigre living in Paris during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In Raul Ruiz's Klimt, the space la Parisienne occupies between art and life forms the actual subject matter of the film. In Midnight in Paris, Adriana is depicted as self-fashioning through a selfconscious affectation of gesture.

La Parisienne in cinema

Between art and life


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