Cléo de Mérode – The French Ballerina

Giovanni Boldini (Italian, 1842-1931). Cléo de Mérode, 1901 (Oil on canvas) – Cléo de Mérode (1875-1966), an international sensation and one of the most photographed woman in the world in her time, was a French ballerina, who achieved fame with her face, not her feet. Cléo was a good dancer but her beauty caught the public’s eye. By 13, she already had posed for Jean-Louis Forain and Edgar Degas, who often sketched her…

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