La Présidente


Madame Sabatier en Bacchante
Auguste Clésinger
marble, 1847
Musée d’Orsay


Apollonie Sabatier ‘La Présidente’
Vincent Vidal
mixed media on paper, c. 1848?
Musée National du Château de Compiègne


Baudelaire et la Présidente Sabatier
Thomas Couture (attributed)
oil on canvas, c. 1850
Musée d’Art Roger-Quilliot, Clermont-Ferrand


La Dame au Petit Chien
Gustave Ricard
oil on canvas, 1850
Musée Carnavalet


Madame Sabatier
Charles Barenne
photograph, c. 1860
location unknown

The model for Clésinger’s sublime Bacchante couchée and Femme piquée par un serpent, mistress and muse of Baudelaire, Apollonie Sabatier was one of the great femmes inspiratrices of mid-19th century Paris. In her salon in the Rue Frochot, Sabatier was host to the great artists and bohemians of the age; Nerval, Gautier, Berlioz, Manet, Doré, Hugo and many others. Such was her majesty that she was known as “La Présidente”

Some interesting links are here, here and here

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