portraits of Belle Epoque stars (part 2)

When I started to write about Belle Epoque beauties portraits, I didn’t think I could find so many pictures. Unfortunately a lot of paintings (including very good ones)  desappeared, and now we have only b/w photos from magazines and postcards. Few painters – and even Paris Salon stars – are now completely forgotten, and even wiki can’t tell a word about them…

Anaway, here are portraits of actresses and singers, mostly French ones. (Lina Cavalieri was Italian but had a worldwide fame.)

Lina Cavalieri

Boldini - Il cappellino nuovo - Lina Cavalieri

Giovanni Boldini. Il cappellino nuovo (Ritratto di Lina Cavalieri) / New hat (Portrait of Lina Cavalieri)

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Giovanni Boldini. 2 portraits of Lina Cavalieri.

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Antonio de la Gandara. Portrait of Lina Cavalieri (photo from Les Arts magazine, 1912).

Gaby Deslys

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W. Malherbe (William Malherbe ?) Portrait of Gaby Deslys

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Etienne Drian. 2 pictures of Gaby Deslys.

Erte Gaby Deslys NPG D3613; Gaby Deslys as The Charm of Paris in 'New Aladdin' by Cecil Beaton

Gaby Deslys by: Erte (left) and Cecil Beaton (right).

Jane Renouardt

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Giovanni Boldini. Portrait of Jane Renouardt.


Edouard Vuillard. Portrait of Jane Renouardt, first version

Vuillard Jane Renouardt

Edouard Vuillard. Portrait of Jane Renouardt (b/w postcard)


Edouard Vuillard. 2 pictures of Jane Renouardt


Gustave Brisgand. Jane Renouardt.

Gandara Renouardt

Antonio de la Gandara. Portrait of Jane Renouardt.

Gilda Darthy

Gilda Darthy (oil on canvas)

Jacques Emile Blanche. Portrait of Gilda Darthy.

Geneviève Vix

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Jean Coraboeuf. Portrait of Geneviève Vix (from Le Theatre cover).

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Kees van Dongen. Mlle Geneviève Vix dans le role de Salomé

Genevieve Vix (1926) by P Godard

P. Godard. Geneviève Vix (1926)

Berthe Cerny

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Jules Cayron. 3 pictures of Berthe Cerny

Yvonne de Bray

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Yvonne de Bray by Boldini (left) and Helleu (right)

Madeleine Dolley


Helleu. Madeleine Dolley

Gandara Madeleine Dolley

Antonio de la Gandara. Madeleine Dolley.

And some more pictures:


Helleu. Mademoiselle Harlay

Helleu Marcelle Lender

Helleu. Marcelle Lender

Argnani Madeleine Carlier

Argnani. Madeleine Carlier


(Robert ?) Sauber. Portrait of Gabrielle Dorziat (photo from Femina cover, 1914).

Farre Regina Badet lesarts 1910

H. Farré. Régina Badet (photo from Les Arts magazine, 1910).

Caro-Delvaille Vallandri lesarts1910

Caro-Delvaille. Portrait of Vallandri (photo from Les Arts magazine, 1910).

Humbert Marthe Regnier lesarts1909

F. Humbert. Marthe Regnier (photo from Les Arts magazine, 1909)

Guirand de Scevola Aida Boni les arts1913

Guirand de Scevola. Aida Boni (photo from Les Arts magazine, 1913)

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


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.

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Georges Clairin. Sarah Bernhardt (caricature).

Alfred Stevens Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt 1885

Alfred Stevens. Sarah Bernhardt.

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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

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Albert Besnard. 2 pictures of Réjane (1898).

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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

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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:

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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.

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

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

online books with pictures by Helleu and Fournery

A book about Belle Epoque painter Helleu: Paul Helleu, peintre et graveur, with many pictures.

Helleu Lavalliere CI

Helleu. Mademoiselle Eve Lavallière.

And a book about actresses, with pictures by Felix Fournery, published in 1889: Loges d’artistes. Among others chapters are chapters about Sarah Bernhardt and Réjane.