Madeleine Lemaire

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Madeleine Lemaire
Félix Nadar - Madeleine Lemaire.jpg
Detail of the portrait of Madeleine Lemaire by Félix Nadar (1891)
BornMadeleine Jeanne Coll
1845 (1845)
Les Arcs, Var, France
DiedApril 8, 1928(1928-04-08) (aged 82–83)
Paris, France
Known forPainting

Madeleine Lemaire, née Coll (1845 – 8 April 1928) was a French painter specialized in elegant genre works, and flowers.[1] Robert de Montesquiou said she was The Empress of the Roses. She introduced Marcel Proust and Reynaldo Hahn to the Parisian salons of the aristocracy.[2] She herself held a salon where she received high society in her hôtel particulier on the Rue de Monceau.

George Painter stated in his book Marcel Proust she is one of the models of Proust's Madame Verdurin (In Search of Lost Time).



  1. ^ Ellison, David (2010). A Reader's Guide to Proust's 'In Search of Lost Time'. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. p. 12. ISBN 978-0-521-72006-9.
  2. ^ Bales, Richard (2001). The Cambridge companion to Proust. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-521-66961-0.
  3. ^ Nichols, K. L. "Women's Art at the World's Columbian Fair & Exposition, Chicago 1893". Retrieved 26 July 2018.