Courrière, Berthe de

BORN 1 Jun 1852, Lille, Nord - DIED 14 Jun 1916, Paris
BIRTH NAME Courrière, Caroline Louise Victoire
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 10, ligne 04, Y, 22 (Clésinger/Gourmont tomb))

After she came to Paris, Berthe de Courrière became the mistress of General Georges Boulanger when she was only 20 years old. She became a well known occultist in Paris and she was the model for Madame Chantelouve in Huysmans' novel "Là-Bas".

She became the model and the mistress of Auguste Clésinger and inherited his posessions after his death in 1883. In 1886 she met Remy de Gourmont who mistress and muse she became. On 8 September 1890 she was arrested in Bruges after she was found almost naked near the house of exorcist Louis van Haecke. In 1906 she was arrested again in Brussel.

She lived together with De Gourmont until his death in 1915. She died the next year and was buried in the same grave as Clésinger and De Gourmont.

Related persons
• was the lover of Boulanger, Georges
• was the lover of Clésinger, Auguste
• inspired Huysmans, Joris Karl


The grave of Jean Baptiste Clésinger and Rémy de Gourmont at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2018)


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Published: 12 Oct 2019
Last update: 12 Mar 2023