Series: Portraits d'Acteurs & d'Actrices: Treize Lithographies. A fine impression printed on china paper (chine volant). From the first edition of about 400, printed before 1906 (40 impressions were printed for Les XX in 1913. Monogrammed in the stone.
Cléopatra Diane de Mérode (1875–1966) was born in Paris. At age of eight, she was sent to studied dance and made her professional debut at age eleven. She became renowned for her glamour more than for her dancing skills, and her image began appearing on such things as postcards and playing cards. At sixteen she debuted her trend-setting, hallmark hairstyle: over the ears, usually in a chignon, often worn with metal bands. Her fame was such that Alexandre Falguière sculpted he in The Dancer , now in in the Musée d'Orsay. Charles Puyo, Alfredo Muller, and Giovanni Boldini also did her portrait. Images of her circulated widely in the press and in postcards. She became an international star, performing across Europe and in the United States. At the peak of her popularity, she chose to dance at the Folies Bergère, an unusual career change for a ballerina.