Nadine Biss ’13 on La Goulue

This podcast is part of Watson Conversations, a growing collection of podcasts produced by Wheaton students as part of Art History 298: Photography as Knowledge.

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Anonymous French photographer
La Goulue
c. 1920-9
Postcard, Vintage Silver Print

Purchased with the Kenneth C. and Louise McKeon Deemer ’33 Fund

This postcard depicts the celebrated cancan dancer Louise Weber (“La Goulue”) nearing the end of her life.

Nadine Biss ’13 reads it as a powerful image of death—both of the celebrity herself and of the more carefree French belle époque past with which she was associated.

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