Friday, January 8, 2016

Winnaretta Singer, princesse de Polignac, was born today in 1865

Winnaretta Singer, princesse Edmond de Polignac, dite « Winnie » née à Yonkers (État de New York) le 8 janvier 1865 et morte à Londres le 26 novembre 1943, est une mécène musicale, et l'héritière des machines à coudre Singer.
 
La Fondation Singer-Polignac, créée en 1928, se consacre à des activités de mécénat en faveur des arts, des lettres et des sciences et œuvre grâce à ses propres fonds.

Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac (Yonkers, NY, 8 January 1865 – London, UK, 26 November 1943) was an American musical patron and heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune.
Her mother, Parisian-born Isabella Boyer, was possibly the model for Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty. After the outbreak of American Civil War, the Singer family moved to Paris, where they remained until the Franco-Prussian War.
In 1894 the Prince and Princesse de Polignac established a salon in Paris in the music room of their mansion on Avenue Henri-Martin (today, Avenue Georges-Mandel). The Polignac salon came to be known as a haven for avant-garde music. First performances of Chabrier, d'Indy, Debussy, Fauré, and Ravel took place in the Polignac salon. The young Ravel dedicated his piano work, Pavane pour une infante défunte, to the Princesse de Polignac. Many of Marcel Proust's evocations of salon culture were born during his attendance at concerts in the Polignac drawing room.
Winnaretta Singer | Harris & Ewing Collection (Library of Congress).
Winnaretta Singer | Harris & Ewing Collection (Library of Congress).
Plaque: 43 Avenue Georges-Mandel
Fondation Singer-Polignac, créée le 25 mars 1928, par la princesse Edmond de Polignac, née Winnaretta Singer. 1865-1943
Singer-Polignac Foundation, created 25 March 1928, by the princess Edmond de Polignac, née Winnaretta Singer. 1865-1943

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