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Marie-Laure de Noailles (1902 - 1970)

Marie-Laure Henriette Anne Bischoffsheim married, in 1923, Charles de Noailles, becoming therefore a major figure of Paris' high society. Significant art patrons, the Noailles possessed an impressive town-house decorated in an Art Deco style by Jean-Michel Frank and a contemporary cubist villa in the south of France, in Hyères, built by the architect, Robert Mallet-Stevens. The couple also sponsored various avant-garde (especially Surrealist) artists and projects such as Jean Cocteau's first film, Le Sang d'un Poète, in 1929 and Luis Bunuel's L'Age d'Or, in 1930 but also the musicians, Igor Stravinsky and Francis Poulenc. While the walls of their Parisian town house were adorned with the classic works of Eugène Delacroix, Antoine Watteau or Francisco de Goya, Marie-Laure de Noailles also bought the creations of Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Joan Miro and Jean Cocteau – a childhood friend she would be in love with throughout her life. In her late years, the patron also supported young popular singers such as Gilbert Bécaud and Johnny Hallyday admitting 'I am double. At the same time, Marie-Laure and the vicomtesse de Noailles'. The more she grew old, the more eccentric she became and, always aware of avant-garde revolutions, Marie-Laure de Noailles, in the fury of may 68, hurled to her chauffeur: 'Clément, to the Odéon!'

Tags / Marie-Laure de Noailles - It Women - Muses - 1930s - Art - Avant-Garde - Patron - Eccentric
Villa de Noailles, Hyeres by Robert Mallet-Stevens, 1923
Villa de Noailles, Hyeres by Robert Mallet-Stevens, 1923
Fumoir de Charles et Marie-Laure de Noailles vers, 1926
Fumoir de Charles et Marie-Laure de Noailles vers, 1926
Marie Laure de Noailles wearing Maritime Masquerade by Man Ray, 1929
Marie Laure de Noailles wearing Maritime Masquerade by Man Ray, 1929
Youki Desnos and Marie-Laure de Noailles, Paris, December 1953
Youki Desnos and Marie-Laure de Noailles, Paris, December 1953
Francis Poulenc, Roger Desormière, Charles Koechlin, Yvonne de Casa-Fuerte, Marie-Laure de Noailles, Igor Markevitch, Nicolaï Nabokov et Henri Sauguet. Paris, 1932
Francis Poulenc, Roger Desormière, Charles Koechlin, Yvonne de Casa-Fuerte, Marie-Laure de Noailles, Igor Markevitch, Nicolaï Nabokov et Henri Sauguet. Paris, 1932
Charles et Marie Laure de Noailles
Charles et Marie Laure de Noailles
Marie Laure de Noailles by Balthus
Marie Laure de Noailles by Balthus
Marie-Laure de Noailles & Salvador Dali in Hyères, c. 1930
Marie-Laure de Noailles & Salvador Dali in Hyères, c. 1930
Marie Laure de Noailles by Man Ray, 1936
Marie Laure de Noailles by Man Ray, 1936
Marie Laure de Noailles by Man Ray, 1930
Marie Laure de Noailles by Man Ray, 1930
Alberto Giacometti, Woman Head (Marie Laure de Noailles), 1946, bronze with gold patina
Alberto Giacometti, Woman Head (Marie Laure de Noailles), 1946, bronze with gold patina
Salvador Dali, Portrait of Viscountess Marie Laure de Noailles, 1932, oil on canvas, private collection
Salvador Dali, Portrait of Viscountess Marie Laure de Noailles, 1932, oil on canvas, private collection
Portrait of Viscountess Marie Laure de Noailles, 1930's
Portrait of Viscountess Marie Laure de Noailles, 1930's
Horst. P Horst, Portrait of Viscountess Marie-Laure de Noailles, Paris 1935
Horst. P Horst, Portrait of Viscountess Marie-Laure de Noailles, Paris 1935
Marie-Laure de Noailles, André Breton, Benjamin Péret and others for breakfast in the garden, 1954
Marie-Laure de Noailles, André Breton, Benjamin Péret and others for breakfast in the garden, 1954
Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1930's
Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1930's
Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, Biceps and Jewellery, 1928, directed by Jacques Manuel
Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, Biceps and Jewellery, 1928, directed by Jacques Manuel
Louis Marcoussis, Portrait of Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1930's
Louis Marcoussis, Portrait of Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1930's
André Gide (seated on the table) goes through the book “La femme 100 têtes” (by Max Ernst, 1929), surrounded by Jean Cocteau, Charles de Noailles, Marie-Laure de Noailles and Georges Auric, Hyères 1930 -by Marc Allégret copyright RMN
André Gide (seated on the table) goes through the book “La femme 100 têtes” (by Max Ernst, 1929), surrounded by Jean Cocteau, Charles de Noailles, Marie-Laure de Noailles and Georges Auric, Hyères 1930 -by Marc Allégret copyright RMN
Jean Cocteau, André Gide goes through the book “La femme 100 têtes” (by Max Ernst, 1929),  Marie-Laure de Noailles and Georges Auric, Hyères 1930 -by Marc Allégret copyright RMN
Jean Cocteau, André Gide goes through the book “La femme 100 têtes” (by Max Ernst, 1929), Marie-Laure de Noailles and Georges Auric, Hyères 1930 -by Marc Allégret copyright RMN
Willy Maywald, Portrait of Marie-Laure de Noailles wearing a dress by Jacques Fath, 1949
Willy Maywald, Portrait of Marie-Laure de Noailles wearing a dress by Jacques Fath, 1949
Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1940's
Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1940's
Marie-Laure de Noailles with Coco Chanel, Igor Stravinsky, and others at Paris, Cafe de Flore, 1930's
Marie-Laure de Noailles with Coco Chanel, Igor Stravinsky, and others at Paris, Cafe de Flore, 1930's
Willy Maywald,  Marie-Laure de Noailles in the Hallway, 1947/48
Willy Maywald, Marie-Laure de Noailles in the Hallway, 1947/48
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Vicontesse Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1938 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London
Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Vicontesse Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1938 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London
Cecil Beaton, Vicontesse Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1938 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London
Cecil Beaton, Vicontesse Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1938 © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London
Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1930's
Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1930's
Marie-Laure de Noailles and Luis Bunuel, Hyères, 1930
Marie-Laure de Noailles and Luis Bunuel, Hyères, 1930
Marie-Laure de Noailles and Valentine Hugo, 1924
Marie-Laure de Noailles and Valentine Hugo, 1924
Salvador Dali, Preliminary study for a Portrait of Vicountess Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1932
Salvador Dali, Preliminary study for a Portrait of Vicountess Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1932
BrassaÏ, Marie-Laure de Noailles and Leonor Fini, Le bal des Têtes au Pré Catelan à Paris, 1940's (C) RMN - @Jean-Gilles Berizzi
BrassaÏ, Marie-Laure de Noailles and Leonor Fini, Le bal des Têtes au Pré Catelan à Paris, 1940's (C) RMN - @Jean-Gilles Berizzi
Man Ray, Les Mystères du Château du Dé , 1929
Man Ray, Les Mystères du Château du Dé , 1929
Marie-Laure de Noailles, Jean Cocteau and George Auris, 1930's
Marie-Laure de Noailles, Jean Cocteau and George Auris, 1930's
Michel Petitjean et Marie Laure de Noailles © DR
Michel Petitjean et Marie Laure de Noailles © DR
Villa Noailles, bedroom, Hyères by Robert Mallet-Stevens, 1928
Villa Noailles, bedroom, Hyères by Robert Mallet-Stevens, 1928
Villa  Noailles, Outside bedroom, Hyères by Robert Mallet-Stevens, 1928.
Villa Noailles, Outside bedroom, Hyères by Robert Mallet-Stevens, 1928.
Villa Noailles, Stairs for the swimming pool,  Hyères by Robert Mallet-Stevens, 1928
Villa Noailles, Stairs for the swimming pool, Hyères by Robert Mallet-Stevens, 1928
Villa Noailles, by Robert Mallet-Stevens 1928, garden by Gabriel Guevrekian, Hyères
Villa Noailles, by Robert Mallet-Stevens 1928, garden by Gabriel Guevrekian, Hyères
Villa Noailles, Hyères by Robert Mallet-Stevens, 1928
Villa Noailles, Hyères by Robert Mallet-Stevens, 1928
View from Gabriel Guevrekian modern garden, 1928, bronze sculpture La joie de vivre, Jacques Lipchitz. Photo : Thérèse Bonney
View from Gabriel Guevrekian modern garden, 1928, bronze sculpture La joie de vivre, Jacques Lipchitz. Photo : Thérèse Bonney
Jacques Lipchitz, La joie de vivre, 1927
Jacques Lipchitz, La joie de vivre, 1927
The villa Noailles designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens in 1923.
The villa Noailles designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens in 1923.
Villa Noailles, Pink Salon, Hyères by Robert Mallet-Stevens, 1928.
Villa Noailles, Pink Salon, Hyères by Robert Mallet-Stevens, 1928.
Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1930's
Marie-Laure de Noailles, 1930's
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