Exploring Moore’s early years in Paris and his ongoing engagement with the experimental modernity of his French models, these essays offer new insights into this cosmopolitan writer’s work. Moore emerges as a turn-of-the-century European artist whose eclectic writings reflect the complex evolution of literature from Naturalism to Modernism through Symbolism and Decadence.
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George Moore and F. Mabel Robinson: Parisian Contexts and the Woman Artist1
And this reversal of all the world’s opinions and prejudices was to me singularly delightful; I loved the sense of unreality that the exceptionalness of our life in this studio conveyed. Besides, the women themselves were young and interesting, and were, therefore, one of the charms of the place, giving, as they did, that sense of sex which is so subtle a mental pleasure, and which is, in its outward aspect, so interesting to the eye—the gowns, the hair lifted, showing the neck; the earrings, the sleeves open at the elbow.2
In the studio all distinctions disappear. One has neither name nor family; one is no longer the daughter of one’s mother, one is one’s self, an individual, and one has before one’s art, and nothing else. One feels so happy, so free, so proud! At last I am what I have so long wished to be.3
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