Marie Joseph Robert Anatole, comte de Montesquiou-Fézensac (1855–1921) was a French aesthete, Symbolist poet, painter, art collector, art interpreter, and dandy. He is reputed to have been the inspiration both for Jean des Esseintes in Joris-Karl Huysmans' À rebours (1884) and, most famously, for the Baron de Charlus in Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu (1913–1927). Some believe that he may even have been used by Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray. He finished third in the hacks and hunter combined event at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris.

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