Portrait of a Young Woman Wearing a Cloak and Bonnet
Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)
Graphite on wove paper
Sheet: 9 5/8 x 7 1/2 in. (24.5 x 19 cm)
Frame: 18 1/8 x 15 3/8 in. (46 x 39 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2012
Not on view
In this beautiful image, Chassériau devoted more attention to the woman’s garments and accessories than to her features—the opposite approach his teacher, Ingres, took in portrait drawings. An array of vigorous lines describes the voluminous folds of her cloak, while her face, framed by a bonnet, appears almost ghostly by comparison, rendered in the faintest graphite shading.
Signature: Signed and dated in graphite at lower left: Thre Chassériau / 1850 (underlined)
Massé Collection, Paris; Richard Day, London; sale, Sotheby's, London, June 19, 1980, lot 95; Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London, 1981; Private Collection, London, 1982; Jan Krugier Gallery, New York; sold to Wrightsman; Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, New York, from 1988; Donor: Jayne Wrightsman
Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox. "Nineteenth Century French Drawings," June 10, 1981–July 10, 1981.
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, p. 24, no. 161.
Nineteenth Century French Drawings. Exh. cat., Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, June 10-July 10, 1981. London, 1981, cat. no. 39, ill.
Marc Sandoz Oeuvres de Théodore Chassériau nouvellement apparues, vol. I of Cahiers Théodore Chassériau. Paris, 1982, pp. 10-11, fig. 6.
Marc Sandoz Portraits et visages dessinés par Théodore Chassériau, vol. II of Cahiers Théodore Chassériau. Paris, 1986, p. 53, no. 39.
Pierre Rosenberg, Elizabeth E. Barker, George R. Goldner et al. The Wrightsman Pictures. Everett Fahy, New York and New Haven, 2005, cat. no. 104, ill.
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