Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt by Georges Clairin - with Christophe Leribault

Georges Jules Victor Clairin was a French Oriental painter and illustrator. He was influenced by oriental painting and Moorish architecture, and visited North Africa many times, in particular Morocco and Egypt. In Paris he led the life of a socialite, and befriended the glamorous actress Sarah Bernhardt, his friend for 50 years, and is today best known for his 'in costume' and informal intimate portraits of her.

Christophe Leribault is Head of the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

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Producer: Dan Morelle

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