Madeleine Lemaire

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Madeleine Lemaire, Phoebe (1896)

Madeleine Lemaire (née Coll) 1845–1928, 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.