Posts Tagged: Colette

Circles: Natalie Clifford Barney

One of the most prominent of Paris’s 20th century American expatriates, Barney networked at an Olympian level.

Circles: Natalie Clifford Barney

One of the most prominent of Paris’s 20th century American expatriates, Barney networked at an Olympian level.

Dress-down Friday: Mathilde de Morny

It was as a man that she stole a society playboy’s mistress and as a man that she dueled him. She won, and to crown his humiliation ripped open her shirt and exposed her breasts; he had been bested by a mere woman.

Dress-down Friday: Mathilde de Morny

It was as a man that she stole a society playboy’s mistress and as a man that she dueled him. She won, and to crown his humiliation ripped open her shirt and exposed her breasts; he had been bested by a mere woman.

Belle Époque Paris

The cultural sector turned out new ideas, forms and sensations at a rate which mimicked the ceaseless flow of products and novelties in the booming consumerist-led economy.

Belle Époque Paris

The cultural sector turned out new ideas, forms and sensations at a rate which mimicked the ceaseless flow of products and novelties in the booming consumerist-led economy.

La Marquise de Sade

Mathilde de Morny’s scandalous life and aristocratic background proved an irresistible combination for contemporary writers; she appears thinly disguised in numerous works of fiction, though often the portrayal owed more to the author’s projection than the marquise herself.

La Marquise de Sade

Mathilde de Morny’s scandalous life and aristocratic background proved an irresistible combination for contemporary writers; she appears thinly disguised in numerous works of fiction, though often the portrayal owed more to the author’s projection than the marquise herself.

Monsieur le Marquis

No-one I’ve written about thus far has so defied summary as Mathilde de Morny. It’s not just that her life was in and of itself a rare and wondrous thing, full of bravery and scandal, adventure and extravagance, but it also embodied so many currents and contradictions of her era as well as inspiring some of its greatest writers.

Monsieur le Marquis

No-one I’ve written about thus far has so defied summary as Mathilde de Morny. It’s not just that her life was in and of itself a rare and wondrous thing, full of bravery and scandal, adventure and extravagance, but it also embodied so many currents and contradictions of her era as well as inspiring some of its greatest writers.

Venus as a boy

Though her business card proclaimed her a “man of letters”, Rachilde was the only female author of note among the Decadents but arguably the one who pushed their preoccupation with gender meddling the furthest.

Venus as a boy

Though her business card proclaimed her a “man of letters”, Rachilde was the only female author of note among the Decadents but arguably the one who pushed their preoccupation with gender meddling the furthest.

Feasts, princes, champagne

The life of dancer and courtesan La Belle Otero offers a fascinating insight into sex, power, money, class and fame in the Belle Époque.

Feasts, princes, champagne

The life of dancer and courtesan La Belle Otero offers a fascinating insight into sex, power, money, class and fame in the Belle Époque.