Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sepia Saturday - 11 Aug 2012 - Le Madame


Opens with riding along the avenue

on bicycles

From Alan's prompt this week at
Sepia Saturday
where one can escape what is
for what was!

but shouldn't there be a destination?

Why not begin on a Shoo-fly at Madame Boyle's in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

A shoo fly (like a deck) is built around the oak tree and takes its name from the French word choufleur, meaning cauliflower.

Note: a shoo-fly is also a child's rocker having a seat surrounded by sides.
So while on the subject of things from France
let's concentrate on

 women that use their personal skills to advance to elite status -

and gain the title



(Okay I must confess that the meaning of/behind the word
has been in my thoughts since this week's
Magpie tales, and "madame" has been circulating ever since.)

Defined as - a title or form of address used of or to a French speaking woman -
used as a courtesy title before her surname, especially a married woman.

John Singer Sargent's
Madame X

"Elle est Francaise."
and her story
Madame X

has consumed my attention

as it did many others before me.
Artists seemed to hold the key into a madame's private world

She hasn't changed much.
Antonio de La Gandara,
Madame Pierre Gantreau

What about those that weren't so famous?


Were they all French?

Madame Group

"Beauty is the purgation of superfluities."
(Emerson, Conduct of Life "Beauty")


all while maintaining grace and outstanding beauty.

Madame Lydia Yavorska
April 10, 1913
Was a Russian Actress and Theatrical Manager.

(I wonder did she speak French?)

"What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness."
Leo Tolstoy
The Kreutzer Sonata Ch.5

 Madame Butterfly
was played by
Geraldine Farrar
An American soprano opera singer and a film actress.

Beauty will forever be in the eye of the beholder.......

Madame Largerorantz

What is your sex's earliest, latest care,
Your heart's supreme ambition? - To be fair.
George Lyttelton
Advice to a Lady- (1731)
he also quoted
"Women, like princes find few real friends."
"The lover in the husband may be lost."

More readings from George may prove rewarding!

Madame Urcullu

"Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them."
David Hume
Essays, of Tragedy

Madame Gadski and daughter

Johanna Gadski
Opera Singer

Madame Sze and Betty

December 23, 1921
Betty Sze a daughter of a minister of China.

Madame Bakhmeteff
A Madame and her dog.

I believe beauty is truly felt from within.

The more we feel, the more it shows.

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Filip and Kristel said...

The deck around the tree is strange but I like the evening dresses.


Jana Last said...

I like the "shoo fly" around the tree. Looks so fun!

Titania said...

Karen did not know about the Shoo fly. Know now much more about Mesdames; perhaps Madame Yavorska could speak French as it was the language of the few at the time.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I have never heard of a bench built around a tree being called a shoo-fly before.

Jenny Woolf said...

The first photo really charms me. She looks such a pleasant, happy person, and her pleasure at her bike shines through. I feel like that sometimes actually, about going out on my bike ! :)

Little Nell said...

Well I've learned sonething new again. I'd never heard of a shoofly before, what an interesting notion. As usual I loved all your pictures and well-chosen word. For some ereason Ethel Merman popped into my head with 'Call Me Madam'!

Peter said...

Very informative post! And all those pictures of Madames from an another era, splendid! Also liked your post about the letter E. I'll think about that...

Alan Burnett said...

Love it. Another of your grand tours : with a start and a destination - and a magnificent journey in between.

Bob Scotney said...

A fine collection of madames but I was expecting you to include one who runs/ran a house of ill repute.
You always find the most appropriate quotations to match your pictures.

Queen Bee said...

Great quotes and pictures. My favorite was the Madame X portrait by John Singer Sargent. He's of my favorite artists. I'm not familiar with the shoo-fly around the tree, but it looks like a fun idea for a garden party!

Mike Brubaker said...

A madness of Madams! But some would have some difficulty on a bicycle!

Wendy said...

Such a creative blend of photos and quotes. This is one of my favorites that you've put together for us.

Ana Wiebe said...

Hi :)
I loved the shoo fly, and I think my daughter would love even more! Now, those dresses are gorgeous. Makes me believe I was born in the wrong century! (thanks for stopping by, and my dream car is a WV Beatle - goes anywhere, low maintenance, etc.. ) :)

Christine H. said...

What a fabulous collection of images. And I learned about shoo-flies! What a joy.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

The shoofly information was new to me....such a collection of photos and thoughts....what about that old child's song, "shoe fly don"t bother me...I belong to company B" something like that.?? BTW I like the new photo atop your blog


I've learned a few things today (shoo fly) and enjoyed this journey in the female world. Since I speak french, yes, I expect Madame to be the formal way to address a woman, but the connotation of a brothel does come to mind too... After all, they've always been around, in one form or another, a source of desolation for some, power for others.