Taborska lecture at University of Washington

Agnieszka Taborska (Senior Lecturer, HAVC), art historian and writer, will present a lecture in the University of Washington Distinguished Polish Speakers series . The lecture (co-hosted by the Division of French and Italian Studies) is titled “Femmes Fatales Figures in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Western Art.”

The lecture 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”: Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich or Louise Brooks.