The 1920s marked the triumph of the “Art Deco” style, departing from the exuberance of Art Nouveau to offer clean lines, stylized figures, and geometric decorations. Curved furniture and embroidered fabrics with repeated motifs softened the classical rigor of this particularly refined style. This inspiration, an anachronism in the house for our pleasure, can be found in the Liane de Pougy II suite.


Art deco Inspiration

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Despite a good education and a bourgeois marriage, Liane de Pougy, ambitious and rebellious, quickly preferred the life of a demi-mondaine to that of a family mother. Her sapphic loves, particularly with another courtesan, Emilienne d’Alençon, and Natalie Clifford Barney, made headlines. Recounting her affair with the English poet in her novel Idylle saphique, caused a sensation in Paris, much like her first novel, L’insaisissable, which narrated the life of a courtesan strongly inspired by hers, whose only sin was “to want to love as much as to be loved.” After writing a comedy and five novels, she kept a journal that hinted at spiritual aspirations. Her marriage to Prince Georges Ghika in 1908 and the death of her son in 1914 initiated a slow metamorphosis towards a life dedicated to charitable works. In 1943, the former demi-mondaine took her vows and assumed the name Sister Anne-Marie de la Pénitence. The “prettiest woman of the century” ended her life as a Dominican nun, in a room at the Carlton in Lausanne transformed into a cell…

Marcel Proust was inspired by Liane the courtesan to create Odette de Crécy, the love obsession of Charles Swann.