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20th December 2022

What is an artist-muse relationship really like?

In ancient Greece, the muses were divine sisters who inspired art. Today, muse has a less elevated meaning – “icons of idealised and sexualised beauty”. Perhaps though, we should not assume this when looking at paintings of scantily clad women. Muses to many famous artists – Klimt, Picasso, Man Ray and more – actually had “great” power. And how does David Hockney and his male muses fit the traditional picture? History shows that muses have “left an indelible mark upon the makers who have immortalised them.”