May 2021

Misia Sert: Queen of Paris, Muse, Patron of the Arts and Fashion Icon

The life of Misia Sert is a fascinating subject. She was brought up in Brussels and Paris, was a friend and patron of many artists (painted by both Renoir and Vuillard) and musicians, financial supporter of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, concert pianist, close friend of Coco Chanel and described as ‘The Queen of Paris’.

The lecturer on this occasion is Julian Halsby

Julian Halsby was born in North London, and he won an exhibition To Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1966 to read History and after Part One he changed to the History of Art. During his gap year h taught English at the British Institute of Florence, and it was here that he acquired a passion for art history.

 After graduating in 1971 he began lecturing at Croydon College of Art eventually becoming Senior Lecturer and Head of the Postgraduate Conservation Department. He also lectured in other London art colleges and was an early lecturer for NADFAS in the 1970’s. He eventually decided to go freelance and set up an art gallery with his wife in Highgate specialising in late 19th century paintings and Modern British, in particular the work of painters from the New English Art Club.  

He has  written seven books and published many articles and is also a practising artist and an elected member of the Royal Society of British Artists. He exhibits at the Mall Galleries and other galleries around the country.

His special period as an art historian is from about 1850 to 1920, a period rich with amazingly talented artists. He is interested in the private lives of artists, trying to show them as real people. Hence his lecture today.


This lecture can be viewed via Zoom on Thursday May 13th, at 1045 a.m.. Members will be advised by email of the link to this lecture.

Julian Halsby