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Portrait of Madame Gabrielle Marcotte de Quivières

Artist:
Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)
Date:
1845
Medium:
Graphite on white wove paper darkened to buff, mounted on stiff paper
Dimensions:
12 13/16 x 10 3/4 in. (32.5 x 27.3 cm); Rabbet: 22 x 16 in. (55.9 x 40.6 cm.); Overall Frame: H x W x D: 18 x 24 x 1 1/4 in. (45.7 x 61 x 3.2 cm.)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.581
Not on view
In 1845 Chassériau was asked to make a portrait drawing of his friend Louis Marcotte de Quivières, a young aristocrat who collected paintings by Ingres. Chassériau also sketched this portrait of Marcotte de Quivières’s wife, Gabrielle. It is affectionately inscribed as a gift to her husband. The drawing is remarkable for the reserve and modesty with which it portrays a young sitter of such wealth and privilege.
As with other drawings by Chassériau, the artist’s debt to Ingres is unmistakable. Chassériau entered Ingres’s studio at the age of eleven.
Signature: Inscribed, signed and dated by the artist (lower right): A mon ami Louis. Théodore Chassériau 1845-
Mme. Marcotte de Quivières; Anne Marcotte de Quivières, marquis de Montholon; her daughter Alice, comtesse de Malherbe (later Mme. Norris), by descent; [Wildenstein & Co., New York; Galerie Durand-Ruel]; acquired by Robert Lehman from Wildenstein, 25 July 1961.
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