Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cléo de Mérode

At the age of eight, Cléo was sent to study dance and made her professional debut at age eleven, and  became renowned for her glamour even more than for her dancing skills, and her image began appearing on such things as postcards and playing cards. A particular new hairdo she chose to wear became the talk of Parisian women and was quickly adopted as a popular style for all. Her fame was such that Alexandre Falguière sculpted The Dancer in her image, which today can be seen in the Musée d'Orsay. In 1895, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec did her portrait, as would Charles Puyo, Alfredo Muller, and Giovanni Boldini. Seen here[where?] is her picture taken by one of the most illustrious photographers of the day, Félix Nadar