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Apollonie Sabatier (born Aglaé Joséphine Savatier; 1822–1889) was a French
courtesan, artists' muse and bohémienne in 1850s Paris. She hosted a salon in
Paris on Rue Frochot, where she met nearly all of the French artists of her time,
such as Gérard de Nerval, Nina de Villard, Arsène Houssaye, Edmond Richard,
Gustave Flaubert, Louis Bouilhet, Maxime du Camp, Gustave Ricard, Judith
Gautier, daughter of Théophile; Ernest Feydeau, father of Georges Feydeau, Hector
Berlioz, Paul de Saint-Victor, Alfred de Musset, Henry Monnier, Victor Hugo, Ernest
Meissonnier, Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, Charles Jalabert, Ernesta Gisi,
Gustave Doré, the musician Ernest Reyer, Louis Bouilhet, James Pradier, Auguste
Préault, Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, Auguste Clésinger and Édouard Manet.
Gustave Flaubert, Théophile Gautier and some others have written articles about
her and she was one of four women (Caroline, Jeanne Duval, herself and Marie
Daubrun) who inspired Charles Baudelaire's famous work Les Fleurs du Mal.
Edmond de Goncourt was the first to nickname her "La Présidente".
In Gustave Courbet's painting L'Atelier du peintre she is said to be shown together
with her longtime lover, the Belgian tycoon Alfred Mosselman (1810-1867). After his
death she was the longtime mistress to art collector and donor to the Wallace
fountains, Sir Richard Wallace, 1st Baronet.
Gallery Portrait of Apollonie Sabatier by Vincent
Charles Baudelaire Auguste Clésinger Alfred Mosselman
Apollonie Sabatier, sculpted by Auguste
Clésinger as Woman, bitten by a snake in
1847, today in Musée d'Orsay
Sir Richard Wallace
Woman Bitten by a Snake by Auguste Clésinger
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An enumeration of the guests of her salon, depicting another bust by Auguste
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