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Cléo de Mérode (1875 - 1966)

Born in an aristocratic family, Cléo de Mérode pursues an artistic path and trains at the dance school of the Opéra de Paris while she soon appears on various Parisian stages where her legendary beauty seduces many famous figures such as the King of Belgium, turning her into a seductive courtesan. Posing for many photographers who diffuse her image worldwide, in newspapers and postcards, she is elected Beauty Queen in 1896 among various celebrities. The same year, she enhances her fame when a white marble sculpture, La Danseuse, by Alexandre Falguière, is said to have been moulded on her body; facing a public scandal, she claims she only lent her features to the sculpture's face. During the Belle Epoque, two romantic feminine figures fascinated: the devil and the angel. Cléo de Mérode incarnated the angelic heroine who with her delicate features, posed innocently for holy-like pictures that made her look like a virginal Eve. Inspiring such artists as Edgar Degas and Paul Klee, the dancer defended her immaculate reputation and diffused a mysterious, romantic and melancholic aura that far from the usual 1900s beauty ideals, evoked more of a Renaissance-like aesthetic.

Tags / Clu00e9o de Mu00e9rode - It Women - Muses - Beauty - Romantic - Pure - 1900s - Dance - Art
Atelier Nadar, Cleo de Merode, 1900.
Atelier Nadar, Cleo de Merode, 1900.
Reutlinger, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900.
Reutlinger, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1902.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1902.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Charles Ogerau,  Cléo de Merode, 1893.
Charles Ogerau, Cléo de Merode, 1893.
Felix Nadar,  Cléo de Merode, 1893.
Felix Nadar, Cléo de Merode, 1893.
Alexandre Falguiére, Cléo de Merode, 1896.
Alexandre Falguiére, Cléo de Merode, 1896.
Giovanni Boldini,  Portrait of Cléo de Merode, 1901.
Giovanni Boldini, Portrait of Cléo de Merode, 1901.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Leopold Reutlinger, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1890's.
Leopold Reutlinger, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1890's.
Atelier Nadar, Cleo de Merode, 1900.
Atelier Nadar, Cleo de Merode, 1900.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Studio NPG, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1903.
Studio NPG, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1903.
Leopold Reutlinger, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900.
Leopold Reutlinger, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900.
Cleo de Merode , 1910.
Cleo de Merode , 1910.
Leopold Reutlinger, Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Leopold Reutlinger, Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Leopold Reutlinger, Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Leopold Reutlinger, Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Carlos Vasquez y Obeda, Cleo de Mérode at the Salon, 1900's.
Carlos Vasquez y Obeda, Cleo de Mérode at the Salon, 1900's.
Cecil beaton, Cleo de Mérode aged 94 in 1964.
Cecil beaton, Cleo de Mérode aged 94 in 1964.
Georges Jules Victor Clairin, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Georges Jules Victor Clairin, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Cleo de Merode  Ballerina, 1901.
Cleo de Merode Ballerina, 1901.
Einar Nerman, Cleo de Mérode.
Einar Nerman, Cleo de Mérode.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Jozsef Rippi-Ronai, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1901.
Jozsef Rippi-Ronai, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1901.
Cleo de Merode  Ballerina in Folies Bergeres, 1901.
Cleo de Merode Ballerina in Folies Bergeres, 1901.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1895.
Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1895.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Paul Nadar, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1894.
Paul Nadar, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1894.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1900's.
Paul Nadar, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1894.
Paul Nadar, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1894.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1890's.
Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1890's.
Cleo de Merode, 1890's.
Cleo de Merode, 1890's.
Charles Ogerau,  Cléo de Merode, 1905.
Charles Ogerau, Cléo de Merode, 1905.
Cleo de Merode, 1890's.
Cleo de Merode, 1890's.
Leopold Reutlinger, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1890'.
Leopold Reutlinger, Portrait of Cleo de Merode, 1890'.
Photo taken in the dance collective boxes in Opéra de Paris in 1896, the second is Cléo de Mérode starting from the left.
Photo taken in the dance collective boxes in Opéra de Paris in 1896, the second is Cléo de Mérode starting from the left.
Atelier Nadar, Cleo de Merode, 1900.
Atelier Nadar, Cleo de Merode, 1900.
Alfredo Muller, Cleo de Mérode, A portrait of the Dancer and Actress, 1903.
Alfredo Muller, Cleo de Mérode, A portrait of the Dancer and Actress, 1903.
Alexandre Falguiére, Cléo de Merode, 1896.
Alexandre Falguiére, Cléo de Merode, 1896.
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