Sunday, July 8, 2007
King Leopold of Belgium and Cleo de Merode
A little study of Art Nouveau filigree. These two had an affair in 1896. Although he was 40 years older than the dancer, the gossip columns defended the tryst touting it as the coupling of power and beauty. They found it touching that such a serious, powerful man would be seen publicly with such a young beautiful girl. To the people of Belgium, it made the king more human and likable. This was taken from the Taschen book "Art Nouveau".