Méry Laurant: The American Dentist’s Mistress

Photo of Méry Laurant.
Méry Laurant. [Source: Wikimedia Commons]

THe Irish writer George Moore considered Méry Laurent “the epitome of the witty, charming woman of fashion, an embodiment of the spirit of liberation from hypocrisy.” He asked her once why she did not leave her benefactor, Dr. Thomas Evans, for Manet. Evans was a rich American expatriate who secured his station in Parisian high society as the dentist of Napoleon III. “Why should I descend to a meanness,” Méry replied, “when I could find contentment and perhaps happiness in being unfaithful to him?”

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3 Responses to Méry Laurant: The American Dentist’s Mistress

  1. maria salis says:

    she is beautiful

  2. Mark Willis says:

    Édouard Manet surely thought so. See his Woman in a Bathtub (1878-79), now at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris.

  3. m says:

    verry prety………..

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