August 11

Lillie (1978) 13 episode television drama series.

Lillie Langtry, trapped in a loveless marriage, takes full advantage of her beauty, attracting many lovers and admirers including the Prince of Wales and Oscar Wilde. As her husband slowly drinks himself to death, Lillie embarks upon a sensational career as a somewhat talented yet beautiful actress in Britain and the United States. Throughout her life she attracts rich and sometimes brutal lovers, endures financial ruin and scandal, yet maintains her dignity, elegance, and a certain amount of her beauty until the end of her life.

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Image credit: William Glackens. The Poppy Hat, 1911. Oil on canvas

Throughout the series, we learn that Lillie is, at times, in demand as inspiration in artist’s studios, friends with avant-garde writers and actresses, and a fixture in social soirees. Similarly, William Glackens took delight the creative ferment of Europe at the turn of the twentieth century.  His portrait of a woman in The Poppy Hat (1911) incorporates colors, impasto brushwork and mixing of patterns seen in the work of modern artists Cézanne, Matisse, and Renoir.

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