B55 – Madrigal triste
“Que m’importe que tu sois sage? Sois belle, et sois triste…”
The 55th engraving in the Les Fleurs Du Mal series. We clearly recognize here the portrait of Apollonie Sabatier, better known as Madame Sabattier (1822 – 1890), a salonnière and courtesan who was loved by artists in nineteenth-century Paris for her charms, beauty and Sunday dinners. Baudelaire wrote eleven poems for her. Nobody escapes the anecdotal center of gravity, always inferior to the deeply poetic center of gravity, which, by the fact itself of being so pure in the original art, causes equally difficulties in the conversion into another art form, the form of another art. .
This work belongs to the fifth series of five called ‘Poèmes ajoutés dans l’ edition de 1868 dite edition definitive’.