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Portrait of Madame Ravaisson

Artist:
Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)
Date:
1846
Medium:
Graphite on white wove paper darkened to buff
Dimensions:
13 1/8 x 10 in. (35.1 x 26.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.582
Not on view
Judging from its identical inscription, this portrait of Madame Félix Ravaisson appears to have been drawn at the same time as that of her husband. The companion portraits remained in the Ravaisson-Mollien family until 1960. Robert Lehman acquired them soon afterward. Although the portraits convey Chasseriau’s unmistakable debt to Ingres, their style is more lively and energetic than the cool, controlled precision of Ingres’s own elegant sitters, sketched to meticulous perfection.
Signature: Inscribed, signed and dated by the artist (lower left): A Felix Ravaisson/ son ami/ Théodore Chassériau/ 1846.
Ravaisson-Mollien family; Ravaisson-Mollien sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 31 March 1960, lot 2; [Wildenstein & Co., New York]; acquired by Robert Lehman from Wildenstein, 25 July 1961.
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