Sunday, March 26, 2006

Women's History Month, Mata Hari

Mata Hari, The two-dimensional work of art depicted in this image is in the public domain in the United States and in those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years. This photograph of the work is also in the public domain in the United States. (see Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp.).

TITLE: Mata Hari (Lady Macleod), CALL NUMBER: LC-B2- 4364-7[P and P], REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-DIG-ggbain-25495 (digital file from original negative), No known restrictions on publication. MEDIUM: 1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller. CREATED, PUBLISHED: [no date recorded on caption card.

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Postcard of Mata Hari in Paris. Date: 1906. Author: Lucien Walery

Mata Hari

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Mata Hari

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Mata Hari, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Margaretha Zelle was born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands to a dutch businessman and a Javanese woman. At the age of eighteen she went to live in Java. In the opening years of the 20th century, she moved to Paris where she performed as a circus horse rider, using the name Lady MacLeod. Struggling to earn a living, she also obtained work as an artist's model.

In 1905, she began to win fame as an exotic Oriental-style dancer. It was then that she adopted the stage name Mata Hari, which means sun in Indonesian and Malay.

For her act, she posed as a princess from Java of priestly Indian birth, pretending to have been initiated into the art of sacred Indian dance since childhood.

Although the explanations were fiction, the act was spectacularly successful because it elevated exotic dance to a more respectable status, and so broke new ground in a style of entertainment for which Paris was to be world famous.

Mata Hari was also a successful courtesan and had relationships with many military officers, politicians and others in influential positions in many countries, including France, Russia and Germany. Bisexual, she also is alleged to have had an affair with the Russian-born U.S. actress, Alla Nazimova.

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