Oda Jaune: Beyond GravityBy Nikita Dmitriev
The life of Bulgarian painter Michaela Danowska, better known by her pseudonym Oda Jaune, might have formed the basis of a novel by Proust, Sartre, or Nabokov. Coming to Germany in order to study painting 20 years ago, a beautiful high school graduate from a post-communist Balkan nation falls in love with her eminent professorartist Jörg Immendorffand has a daughter with him. Soon after, the professor dies prematurely, and the young widow moves to Paris, becoming a darling of the citys bohème. Told this way, however, the story misses a crucial point: Oda Jaune is not just a stock femme fatale, but also an accomplished neo-classical painter in her own right.