Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)
Watercolor over graphite on wove paper (trimmed and laid down on blue wove paper)
Sheet: 11 3/4 x 9 1/8 in. (29.8 x 23.2cm)
Rogers Fund, 1964
Not on view
Chassériau, one of the most important figures in French art of the nineteenth century—although he is not well known today—followed Eugéne Delacroix (French, 1798–1863) and others who traveled to North Africa in response to the prevailing vogue for exotic subjects. Chassériau spent several months of 1846 in Constantine, Algeria, making well over one thousand sketches, which provided him with subject matter for his paintings for the rest of his short life. This young woman with an intense gaze bears a strong resemblance to the one depicted in Chassériau's "Scene in the Jewish Quarter of Constantine" of 1851. Notations along the right edge give details of the fabrics and colors of her costume.
Inscription: Graphite, upper right: la coiffeur en / velours à dessin / le mouchoir / noir et or / le vêtement / de soie blanch [e] / couvert de / dessins d'or / et d'un / voile lilas / en gaze pour / le haut le / bas d'un / voile blan[c] / sur lequel des / points d'or / luisant étincellen[t]. [The head covering in / patterned velvet / the handkerchief [or scarf?] / black and gold / the garment / of white silk / covered with / gold designs / and with a lilac veil / in gauze for / the top the / bottom with a / white veil / on which / gleaming gold stitches sparkle] A small graphite sketch of the sitter's cap added upper right and indicated: comme ceci Verso of blue paper backing is inscribed in graphite, lower right: 1600
Marking: Stamped in blue ink, lower right: TH. CHASSERIAU (Lugt 445; stamp of artist's estate sale, March 16-17, 1857)
Perhaps estate sale of Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris),Hôtel Drouout, Paris March 16-17, 1857, lot 85?; Lhurine (?),purchaser of lot 85 in artist's 1857 est. sale
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Artist: Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)Date: 1845Medium: Graphite on white wove paper darkened to buff, mounted on stiff paperAccession: 1975.1.581On view in:Not on view