19th Century French School

An Elegant Woman Wearing a Fancy Hat: Portrait of Cléo de Mérode Sold

Pastel.
Signed R. Ravin(?) in red chalk (over an earlier signature in pencil) at the lower right.
670 x 525 mm. (26 3/8 x 20 5/8 in.) [sight]

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This large pastel is a portrait of the dancer Cléo de Mérode (1875-1966), a famous beauty who posed for several artists, including the painter Toulouse-Lautrec and the sculptor Alexandre Falgiuère. A photograph of Cléo de Mérode wearing the same feathered hat is known, used as an advertisement for cigarettes in England around in 1900.

19th Century FRENCH SCHOOL

An Elegant Woman Wearing a Fancy Hat: Portrait of Cléo de Mérode

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