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The Bad Boy of Montparnasse

Amadeo Modigliani c. 1905. I love this portrait - especially the defiance of his upraised chin and his eyes averted from the camera.

wow, she's gorgeous! - Cléopatra Diane de Mérode was the first woman to dance with a male partner in the Russian Ballet. She continued to dance until her early fifties and was very popular in her ancestral homeland of Austria, where she befriended the artist Gustav Klimt. Cléo de Mérode retired to Biarritz and died in 1966 at age 91 and is entombed at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Jeanne Hébuterne by Modigliani, 1919. Hébuterne was a French artist, best known as the frequent subject and common-law wife of the artist Amedeo Modigliani.

Jeanne Hébuterne (6 April 1898 – 25 January 1920) was a French artist, best known as the frequent subject and common-law wife of the artist Amedeo Modigliani. On 24 January 1920 Amedeo Modigliani died. Jeanne Hébuterne’s family brought her to their home but Jeanne, totally distraught, threw herself out of the fifth-floor apartment window the day after Modigliani’s death, killing herself and her unborn child.

Camille Claudel (1864-1943) “was one of the rare female artists of the 19th century that did compete with the best male sculptors of her time."In 1883, Camille became acquainted with Auguste Rodin. Soon after Camille became his model, assistant and lover. “No other woman had such an intellectual, artistic and erotic impact on Rodin’s life like Camille Claudel.” Camille Claudel was the sister of the reknown French writer Paul Claudel. A.R. Petrelly