symbolist poet

Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931)
“Robert de Montesquiou” (1897)
Located in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

Montesquiou (1855-1921) was a French aesthete, Symbolist poet, art collector and dandy.

Portrait of Jean Delville (1867-1953), Symbolist painter, author, and poet, seated with his painting Orpheus in the Underworld.

“There exists somewhere, around us, without or within us, in the depths of the unseen world, spheres where are formed the eternal images reflected in our intellects, and which the artist or poet filch from Mystery by the magic …power of their imagination, that mysterious divine faculty which must be known in order to be in tune with the harmony of the World.”   

— Jean Delville