He was spiffy dresser. At a concert of music by von Weber, he showed up with a mauve suit and a cluster of pale violets held at his neck in place of a necktie, saying, "One should always listen to von Weber in mauve.”
He was at the center of a group of artists and actors that included Sarah Bernhardt, Gustave Moreau, Gabriel Fauré and James McNeill Whistler.
According to Cornelia Otis Skinner on Dandyism.net, he "had a constantly shifting set of mannerisms. At the beginning of any conversation, he’d remove one glove and start a series of gesticulations, now raising his hands towards the sky, now lowering them to touch the tip of one perfectly shod toe, now waving them as though conducting an orchestra. His conversation was hardly conversation at all but long monologues filled with exotic anecdotes, mysterious allusions and obscure classical quotations, all told with a rich vocabulary 'at the end of which,' according to Léon Daudet, 'the count would burst into the shrill laughter of an hysterical woman, then suddenly, as though seized with remorse, he’d clap his hand over his mouth and bark until his inexplicable glee was controlled… as though he were coming out of laughing gas.'"
|Giovanni Boldini, Portrait of Robert de Montesquiou|
|Montesquiou as caricatured by Sem aka Georges Goursat|
If you wanted to be successful in the art world of Paris in the 1890s, you had to know him. If he didn't like you or your art, he could destroy your reputation.
|Carolus-Duran, Portrait of de Montesquiou as a traveler|
Count Robert de Montesquiou on Wikipedia