Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1989
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 552
Rapidly sketched, the model delivers the basics of the master’s intense attachment to his fiancée, a young aristocrat, first glimpsed at a ball. The marriage took place in 1869 but soon soured owing to his morbid, irrational suspicions of infidelity on her part.
Inscription: Paper sticker adhered to the lower front of gown, printed: 358 [Identifies this piece as the study of Mademoiselle de M. sold as lot 358 in 1894 sale of Carpeaux's atelier.]
Marking: On red-wax atelier seal on back of lower gown: PROPRIÉTÉ CARPEAUX
Atelier Carpeaux (until 1894; sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 31–June 2, 1894, no. 358); [ Galerie Romane , by 1987 ] ; [ Patricia Wengraf Ltd. , London, until 1989; sold to MMA ]