Promotion Sarah Bernhardt of Cultural Heritage Curators
A puny woman, with a strange beauty, Sarah Bernhardt’s life was a free, stubborn and enthusiastic fight, which consecrates her as the most famous actress of all time. Idolized by the intellectuals and artists of her time like Victor Hugo, Edmond Rostand or Marcel Proust, her talent and her image shine and still fascinate, especially thanks to the portraits of Félix Nadar and the posters of Alphonse Mucha, and make it a true muse of Arts and Culture around the world.
By adopting the name of Sarah Bernhardt, the new promotion of heritage curators pays tribute to an artist who throughout her life has served the great texts and made them available to all. Tireless at work, Sarah Bernhardt has marked the history of theater through her acting, gestures, voice, her many disguised roles, but also through a total vision of her art, which has led her to staging and directing a theater.
Always unsatisfied, she collects works and objects of art and learn about painting and sculpture with success, especially with her friend the painter Georges Clairin. She writes plays and her memoirs, and orchestrates her own life with legendary pomp and eccentricity. How can we not have in mind the photograph of the actress resting in a coffin or her immoderate passion for crocodiles, panthers and other exotic animals?
By choosing Sarah Bernhardt, we also pay tribute to a figure of modernity, the adventuress and the tireless traveler: her triumphal tours and her curiosity led her to travel the world, surrounded by her many friends and collaborators, crossing the oceans and continents. She was also a lover of progress, going to meet Thomas Edison in America in 1880 where she made one of the first recordings on the brand new phonograph. Twenty years later, she played for the cinema.
Artist in her time, Sarah Bernhardt bravely and generously confronted the dramas of her time. During the War of 1870, she organized and financed an infirmary at the Odeon. She joined Emile Zola in the Dreyfus affair, which led her to bankruptcy and a quarrel with her only son. In Belle-Île, her "paradise", where she reorganize an abandoned fort, the "Dame de Penhoët" creates a cooperative bakery for struggling fishing families, financed by the recipes of her shows in Paris. At 70, barely amputated, she still plays on one leg during the Great War in front of an audience of infantry men.
"Quand même ! "Our promotion is proud to be under the protection of a woman with so many ideas, courage and talents, ambassador of arts and culture in France, and the one who was also the only woman to touch Lucky Luke’s heart!
Students of the Sarah Bernhardt class
2018-2019 Promotion of Cultural Heritage students