Grow House Grow creates hand printed narrative-inspired wallpaper out of Brooklyn, NY. This is our own little wall to paste the interesting, weird and fantastic stuff that gets our imagination pumping.
Séverine (c.1895). Louis Welden Hawkins (French, 1849-1910). Oil on canvas. Musée d’Orsay.
Although the painting alone suggests a determined modern woman writer, the representation of wheat and laurel leaves and the words Pax and Panis on the frame make Severine’s commitment clear. It had begun at a very early stage when she became the secretary of the socialist journalist and writer Jules Vallès, and continued through various publications in defence of the working-class which led her to the head of the newspaper Le Cri du Peuple from 1885 to 1888.