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Comte Robert de Montesquiou
Antonio de la Gandara - French portrait painter (1861-1917)
c. 1892
 Oil on canvas 
Jpg: Gabriella Alù

Comte Robert de Montesquiou, who had immense influence, was an important and early supporter of Antonio de la Grandara. He would certainly have referred patrons in his direction. As a sign of their relative closeness, Whistler used La Grandara's studio (in Paris) to paint his own version of Montesquiou 

One can see La Grandara moving in the same circles with another contemporaries such as John Singer Sargent. Both went to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts more or less at the same time (La Gandara entered the school in 1878). Sargent and he shared many common friends: Pozzi, Helleu, Boldini, Rodin and Léon Delafosse. The latter (Delafosse) was very close and both fell out of favour with Robert de Montesquiou around the same time.  

A text describing the "revenge" Montesuiou extracted on these two artist is aptly highlighted in Marcel Proust, Correspondance.   

(See text from Marcel Proust)

Giovanni Boldini (1845 -1931) 
Italian-French portrait painter 
Count Robert de Montesquiou  

Special thanks to Xavier Mathieu, of France, a friend of the JSS Gallery, for help with this. 


By:  Natasha Wallace
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Created 8/5/2003
Updated 11/20/2003