Montesquiou-Fezensac, Robert, Comte de

POET, ART COLLECTOR, DANDY (FRANCE)
BORN 9 Mar 1855, Paris - DIED 11 Dec 1921, Menton, Alpes-Maritimes
GRAVE LOCATION Versailles: Cimetière des Gonards

Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac was the fourth child of comte Thierry de Montesquiou-Fézensac and his wife Pauline Duraux. In 1885 he met Gabriel Yturri, who became his secretary and perhaps his lover. He certainly had homosexual relations and he lived the life of a dandy. Proust based his Baron de Charlus on his personality and he probably inspired Huysmans' Des Esseintes character.

He published eleven volumes of poetry, three novels and many critical writings. He quarreled with Jean Lorrain, he admired Gustave Moreau, Whistler painted his portrait, and so on.

After he died in 1921 he was buried at the Cimetière de Gonards in Versailles. The monument on his tomb, "L'Ange de Silence", was bought by himself at an auction with his grave in mind.

Work: "Les Hortensias bleus" (poetry, 1896); "La petite demoiselle" (novel, 1911).

Related persons
• wrote about Castiglione, Virginia Oldoini, countess Verasis de
• influenced Proust, Marcel
• was painted by Whistler, James MacNeill

Sources
• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994
Université de Napierville - Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac
Robert de Montesquiou — Wikipédia

Images

The grave of the Comte de Montesquiou-Fezensac at the Cimetière des Gonards, Versailles.
Picture by Androom (26 Aug 2001)

 


Montez, Lola

Published: 23 Oct 2009
Last update: 23 Oct 2009