After learning of Chopin's death, his friend Auguste Clésinger ran to his bedside to make a death mask of his face and a solid bronze cast of his left hand.
In this episode of The Debrief, in the wake of the Chopin Competition we take a look at the composer’s lover and prolific writer George Sand.
The meetings would take place in the drawing rooms of influential people and they were places to see and be seen. Refined taste ruled and men and women of the higher classes would discuss new phenomena and trends in art.
After being dumped by his fiancé Maria Wodzińska, Fryderyk Chopin fell for the cigar-puffing, trouser-wearing feminist who called herself George Sand. It took her over a year to win him over, but once she did the couple became inseparable. On the anniversary of Chopin’s birthday, TFN’s Stuart Dowell takes a look back at one of the 19th century’s greatest love stories.