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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Marie Joseph Robert Anatole, comte de Montesquiou-Fezensac (March 7 1855, Paris - December 11 1921, Menton), was a French Symbolist poet, art collector and dandy. With many homosexual friends, he is reputed to have been the inspiration both for des Esseintes in Joris-Karl Huysmans' À rebours and, most famously, for Baron de Charlus in Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu. He wrote the verses found in the optional choral parts of Gabriel Fauré's Pavane.

His portrait Arrangement in Black and Gold: Comte Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac was painted by James Abbott McNeill Whistler in 1891-1892. Antonio de La Gandara produced several portraits of the Comte.

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