a book about Polaire

As I mentioned Polaire, I’d like to add that a book of her memoirs is available online. Polaire par elle-meme (Polaire by herself): full text in French


updates again

Post about portraits updated again, I’ve added portraits of Polaire by Picasso, Daynes-Grassot, Toulouse-Lautrec, de la Gandara. Also some other pictures are added or reloaded.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Madame Polaire de la Gandara Polaire bw Salon 1905 Picasso Polaire

Polaire by: Toulouse-Lautrec, Antonio de la Gandara and Pablo Picasso.

But I liked the most this almost unknown painting created by Suzanne Daynes-Grassot:

Suzanne Daynes-Grassot Polaire dans Maison de danses

Suzanne Daynes-Grassot. Polaire dans Maison de danses.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a better photo of this charming portrait.


Previous post about portraits updated, I’ve added portraits of Eve Lavalliere and portraits of Otero, including a very interesting painting by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer:

Levy-Dhurmer La Bella Otero

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer. La Bella Otero

portraits of Belle Epoque actresses

This post is about actresses, and also it’s about portraits 🙂 The portrait of Lantelme by Giovanni Boldini is very famous, and in my blog you could also see pictures of Lantelme by Jules Grün and Pierre Laprade. Now just for comparison I’d like to show portraits of other famous women of this era, including Lina Cavalieri and Cléo de Merode.

Lina Cavalieri

Lina Cavalieri by Cesare Tallone

Cesare Tallone. Portrait of Lina Cavalieri.

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Giovanni Boldini. 2 portraits of Lina Cavalieri.

Cléo de Merode


Giovanni Boldini. Portrait of Cléo de Merode

Clairin Cleo de Merode

Georges Clairin. Cléo de Merode

Cleo by Kaulbach3 Friedrich August  Ritter von Kaulbach Portrait of Cleo de Merode. 1904

Kaulbach. 2 portraits of Cleo de Mérode.


Toulouse-Lautrec. Cléo de Merode.

Carlos Vasquez y Obeda (1869-1944) Cleo De Merode au Salon

Carlos Vasquez y Obeda. Cléo De Merode au Salon.

Otero (Carolina Otero, La Belle Otero)

Levy-Dhurmer La Bella Otero

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer. La Bella Otero

Marius Antoine Barret, La Belle Otero in Carmen, 1898

Marius Antoine Barret. La Belle Otero in Carmen (1898)

Mikhail Vrubel Portrait of Otero big

Mikhail Vrubel. Portrait of Otero (?)

Vinogradov Sergey Spanish Dancer Otero 1903 (Museum of Petrozavodsk Russia)2

Sergey Vinogradov. Spanish Dancer Otero (or Spanish Dancer, 1903)

William Dannat Otero (Salon 1896)

William Dannat. Otero (Salon 1896, b/w photo from catalogue)

Sarah Bernhardt

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Georges Clairin. 2 portraits of Sarah Bernhardt.

Clairin Sarah Bernhardt caricature

Georges Clairin. Sarah Bernhardt (caricature).

Alfred Stevens Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt 1885

Alfred Stevens. Sarah Bernhardt.

Boldini SB

Giovanni Boldini. Sarah Bernhardt (?)


madame Rejane  Boldini Portrait of madame Gabrielle Rejane

Giovanni Boldini. 2 portraits of Gabrielle Réjane

Gabrielle Réjane as a young actress, by Théobald Chartran

Theobald Chartran. Gabrielle Réjane as a young actress.

Madeleine Lemaire - Réjane (1883)

Madeleine Lemaire. Réjane

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Ramon Casas. Portrait of Réjane

Rejane par BesnardBesnard Rejane2

Albert Besnard. 2 pictures of Réjane (1898).

Beardsley Madame Rejane Beardsley Rejane2

Beardsley Rejane3 Beardsley Rejane4

Aubrey Beardsley. 4 pictures of Réjane

Marthe Regnier


Giovanni Boldini. Marthe Regnier

Ruska Marinova Portrait of Marthe Regnier

Ruska Marinova. Portrait of Marthe Regnier

Eve Lavallière

Lavalliere by Domergue

Domergue. Portrait of Eve Lavallière

Eve Lavalliere by Helleu from Angelica Fuselli book2 Helleu Lavalliere CI

Paul-César Helleu. Eve Lavallière (2 pictures)

Arlette Dorgère

Jules Cheret Arlette Dorgere Mme S.Aufray-Genestoux. Portrait de Mile Arlette Dorgere. Salon de Paris Montchenu Lavirotte Portrait Arlette Dorgere Guirand de Scevola Arlette Dorgere Salon 1907

Pictures of Arlette Dorgère by: Jules Cheret, S.Aufray-Genestoux, Montchenu Lavirotte and Guirand de Scevola.

Cécile Sorel

Flameng Sorel cover les modes 1905 Flameng Sorel les modes 1903 Flameng Sorel 1903

François Flameng. Cécile Sorel (reproductions of 3 portraits in various magazines)

Domergue Portrait de Cecile Sorel 1922

Domergue. Cécile Sorel (1922).

Madeleine Carlier

Lucien Levy-Dhurmer - Portrait Carlier

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer. Portrait of mademoiselle Carlier.

Paul Iribe Mademoiselle Madeleine Carlier

Paul Iribe. Madeleine Carlier.

Helleu Madeleine Carlier debout avec un manchon-vers 1900

Paul-César Helleu. Madeleine Carlier debout avec un manchon.


Jean Sala Polaire2

Jean Sala. Polaire

Suzanne Daynes-Grassot Polaire dans Maison de danses

Suzanne Daynes-Grassot. Polaire dans Maison de danses (b/w photo on a postcard)

Suzanne Daynes-Grassot Polaire

Suzanne Daynes-Grassot. Polaire.

Picasso Polaire

Pablo Picasso. Polaire

de la Gandara Polaire bw Salon 1905

Antonio de la Gandara. Polaire (Salon 1905, b/w photo from catalogue); portrait in colours is on de la Gandara site

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Madame Polaire

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Madame Polaire

And some more portraits:

Simone portrait2

Caro-Delvaille. Madame Simone.

Alfred Roll Portrait of Jane Hading
Alfred Roll. Portrait of Jane Hading.

Marlef Portrait de madame Jane Hading Salon 1901

Marlef. Portrait de madame Jane Hading (Salon 1901)

Boldini Portrait presume de Madame Lucie Gerard 

Giovanni Boldini. Portrait of Lucy Gerard (?)

Boutet de Monvel Rita del Erido

Boutet de Monvel. Rita del Erido.

Gandara Nelly Cormon Gandara Renee Desprez 

Antinio de la Gandara. Portraits of Nelly Cormon and Renée Desprez (photos from Les Modes, 1907).

Renoir Mme Colonna Romano

Auguste Renoir. Portrait of Colonna Romano.

Sergy Pausinger Les Modes 1904 06

C. de Pausinger. Portrait of Gilberte Sergy (from Les Modes cover).

Pictures found via google, on Gallica, archive.org and delcampe sites.

Reutlinger album 17

Looks like today is a day of photos, so I’d like to show early photos of Geneviève Lantelme from Reutlinger album # 17 (full version and zoom on Gallica site).

Photos were made in – or circa – 1902 because some of them were published in Les Modes and other magazines. Lantelme is a young and unknown actress, she’s 19 years old, she lives with rich Poidatz who is her ricco protectore (rich protector, as says the hero of Visconti’s masterpiece Senso), but she’s in love with writer Oscar Méténier and this relationship is not without problems. I suppose the jewels we see on photos were paid by Poidatz, and they aren’t very impressive. We know Lantelme was wearing in 1902 clothes designed by Jeanne Paquin (at least in one comedy), but mostly the dresses we see on photos aren’t very interesting from the point of veiw of the fashion.

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stars and books

Bardot book1 Bardot book3

Brigitte Bardot reading

Keira Knightley book

Keira Knightley

gregory peck book

Gregory Peck

 ava gardner with a book

Ava Gardner

Monroe book1 monroe book3monroe book6 Monroe book4 monroe book5

Marilyn Monroe

Diana book

Young lady Diana

Dietrich book

Marlene Dietrich


Gérard Philipe

woodyallen romy schneider book

Woody Allen and Romy Schneider in a movie What’s New Pussycat?

delon schneider book

Romy Schneider and Alain Delon


Françoise Dorléac and Michael Caine

Diane Kruger book

Diane Kruger


George Clooney

Lionel Messi books

Lionel Messi

fashion books

Modes & manners of the nineteenth century, as represented in the pictures and engravings of the time”: vol.1 (1790-1817), vol. 2 (1818-1842), vol. 3 (1843-1878), vol.4 (1879-1914).

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