Cléo de Mérode, A Belle Époque Dancer

A favorite muse of Gustav Klmit, Edgar Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Alexandre Falguiere, Cleopatra Diane de Merode was an accomplished ballet dancer, famous not only for her extraordinary dancing, but also for her graceful beauty. Born 1874, Bordeaux, Paris, France in 19874, Cleo was only 8 when she joined the Opera School of Dance, at 11, she was a professional dancer, and at 13 danced in Choryhee. She became acquainted with he quickly became a favorite of many artists of the time including Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustav Klimt, Edgar Degas and Alexandre Falguiere. 

 

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belle epoque Cleo de Mérode

 

Cléo de Mérode@artandartists.org5c58080b1a110974780a3727a5dd68ccca9c2ad62b50d4b62b4a03c8b0c0c053Moritz Daniel Oppenheim - Marriage Portrait of Charlotte de Rothschild, 1836@victoria and albert museum, london Merode's theatre costume. am authentic siamese dance costume0ab68a9490f740e896f8386424f76b70

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