The 30 Most Famous Muses in Art

30. Jeanne Duval

Relationship to: Charles Baudelaire


Jeanne Duval has been immortalized in Baudelaire's love poetry and in the above painting by Édouard Manet. Most of Duval's works about relationships have to do with the Creole dark-haired beauty, including the popular Black Venus. However, Duval wasn't a favorite of Baudelaire's mother, who thought that she was a slut, an alcoholic, and a gold digger. Some critics agree based on the fact that the poet attempted suicide during the time she was his mistress.

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