Art of the Day: "The Acid-Thrower" at The Frist



The Acid-Thrower, Eugene Samuel Grasset
  • "The Acid-Thrower," Eugene Samuel Grasset

The Frist's Looking East exhibit opened last weekend, and tucked between big names like Degas and Van Gogh are several unexpected pieces that are just as exciting. Chief among them is this striking piece by Belle Epoque artist Eugene Samuel Grasset.

From the museum signage: "An especially disturbing figure among the host of femme fatales to emerge as urban legends in France around the turn of the 20th century was the scorned woman who attacked her rivals with acid." It's as if an Art Nouveau fairytale were written in the language of Japanese cinema, like a precursor to each of Hausu's heroines.

Stop by The Frist to see her in person — Looking East is up through May 11, and Trinita Kennedy will be leading a curator's tour of the exhibit at noon Thursday, Feb. 13.

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