"September Morn," Rich, Is "Fat and 40"

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Magazine story quoting Paul Chabas on the fate of the model who appears in the painting September Morn.

Time has been kind to September Morn, whose nudity was banned by the Mrs. Grundys of a dozen American cities 24 years ago, and to the man who painted her, Paul Chabas. The model, now 40, is happily married to a wealthy French industrialist, is the mother of three children—and has long since lost the slenderness that made her famous. Chabas is president of the Societé des Artistes Français, the veteran (and conservative) group. Time has also been kind to American tolerance. Today it is doubtful if the exhibition of September Morn would stir the ire of even Charles S. Sumner, self-appointed guardian of American morals. Chabas, in an interview in the New York World Telegram, said: "I do hope you'll dispel the rumor that 'September Morn' is living in poverty."

Asked if he had profited from the millions of reproductions of his most famous painting, the artist replied: "Not a sou. Although several fortunes have been made from my picture, nobody has been thoughtful enough to send me even a box of cigars."

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"September Morn," Rich, Is "Fat and 40"

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Magazine story quoting Paul Chabas on the fate of the model who appears in the painting September Morn.

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Art Digest Magazine

Date

1936-10-01

Language

en

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Time has been kind to September Morn, whose nudity was banned by the Mrs. Grundys of a dozen American cities 24 years ago, and to the man who painted her, Paul Chabas. The model, now 40, is happily married to a wealthy French industrialist, is the mother of three children—and has long since lost the slenderness that made her famous. Chabas is president of the Societé des Artistes Français, the veteran (and conservative) group. Time has also been kind to American tolerance. Today it is doubtful if the exhibition of September Morn would stir the ire of even Charles S. Sumner, self-appointed guardian of American morals. Chabas, in an interview in the New York World Telegram, said: "I do hope you'll dispel the rumor that 'September Morn' is living in poverty."

Asked if he had profited from the millions of reproductions of his most famous painting, the artist replied: "Not a sou. Although several fortunes have been made from my picture, nobody has been thoughtful enough to send me even a box of cigars."

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magazine article

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""September Morn," Rich, Is "Fat and 40"," in September Morn Archive, Item #89, http://septembermorn.org/items/show/89 (accessed June 29, 2017).