Exhibition

Robert de Montesquiou or the art of showing off

From October 12th, 1999 to January 23rd, 2000
Giovanni Boldini-Le comte Robert de Montesquiou
Giovanni Boldini
Le comte Robert de Montesquiou, en 1897
Musée d'Orsay
Don d'Henri Pinard au nom du comte Robert de Montesquiou, 1922
© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
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If dandyism was a nineteenth century invention, Robert de Montesquiou was no doubt in France its most accomplished representative. An artistocrat and an aesthete, he organised his self-celebration with a refined talent and he posed for numerous portraits : this modern Narcissus wanted his image to be immortal.
As his eccentricity made him ressemble a character out of a novel, he inspired Huysmans and above all Proust, who chose him as a model for his Baron Charlus.

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