De Courrière, Berthe

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de Courrière, Berthe Gender: F
Courrière, Caroline Louise Victoire
born on 1 June 1852 at 16:00 (= 4:00 PM )
Place Lille, France, 50n38, 3e04
Timezone LMT m3e04 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Michiels
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 11°13' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 02°55 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 28°37'


French artists' model and demimondaine. She was the mistress, model, and heir of the sculptor and painter Auguste Clésinger. First she became the mistress of General Georges Boulanger and several ministers. The sculptor Auguste Clésinger, an intimate friend of George Sand, remarked on Courrière's full form and gigantic proportions, bringing her the nicknames la grande dame. She was his model for the bust of Marianne for the Sénat as well as for the colossal statue of the Republic for the 1878 Exposition Universelle. On Clésinger's death, in 1883, Berthe was his sole heiress and found herself with a large fortune.

In 1886, she met Remy de Gourmont, then making his literary debut, and commissioned from him a study on Clésinger. She became Gourmont's mistress and muse.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • (has as) benefactor relationship with Clésigner, Auguste (born 22 October 1814). Notes: heiress


Source Notes

Archives de Lille (acte 1089)


  • Vocation : Sex Business : Courtesan/ Escort
  • Notable : Famous : Other Famous (muse)