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Ernest Chassériau (?)

Artist:
Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)
Date:
1851
Medium:
Conté crayon, with touches of white chalk, on wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 9 3/8 x 7 3/4 in. (23.8 x 19.7 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.538.23
Not on view
The sitter is thought to be the artist’s brother, Ernest, an infantry officer in the French navy, who died during the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71). Chassériau’s crayon seems to have virtually danced across the sheet, as it marked the contours and creases of Ernest’s jacket, waistcoat, and tie. The sitter’s penetrating gaze and refined features are treated with a tenderness befitting a beloved brother.
Portrait of a Seated Man, three-quarter view

Signature: Signed, dedicated, and dated at lower left: A mon cher Soubiran (?) / Th Chassériau 1851.
Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 25, 1985, lot 12; sale, Sotheby's, London, June 15, 1994, lot 52; sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, November 25, 1998, lot 15 (bought in); Galerie Berès, Paris; sold to Wrightsman; Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, New York, from 2002; Donor: Jayne Wrightsman
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 26, 2012–February 24, 2013.

Louis-Antoine Prat Inventaire général des dessins école française: Dessins de Théodore Chassériau. Éditions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris, 1988, vol. 1, p. 441, under no. 1076.

Louis-Antoine Prat Théodore Chassériau, 1819-1856: Dessins conservés en dehors du Louvre. Cahiers du dessin français 5. Paris, 1988, p. 25, no. 174, ill.

Pierre Rosenberg, Elizabeth E. Barker, George R. Goldner et al. The Wrightsman Pictures. Everett Fahy, New York and New Haven, 2005, cat. no. 105, ill.



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