Olympe Pélissier

Other names: Olympe-Louise-Alexandrine Descuilliers[1]


She was firstly a dancer, and then became a salonniere with her salon located at 23, rue de La Rochefoucauld which was frequented by many artists and painters. She had an affair with Balzac, Horace Vernet (whom she modelled for) and Eugène Sue, before becoming the mistress of Gioachino Rossini whom she married in 1847.[2]

Place of death: Paris[1]



Pierrot, L. Honoré de Balzac. Paris: Le Grand livre du mois, 1999.
2. Lascoux, L. Balzac et Rossini: histoire d'une amitié. L'Année balzacienne, 2005, 6,(1), 363-382.


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