Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)
Graphite on white wove paper darkened to buff
13 1/8 x 10 in. (35.1 x 26.9 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
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.
Artist: Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)Date: 1838Medium: Graphite and touches of black chalk on beige laid paperAccession: 46.177.1On view in:Not on view
Artist: Théodore Chassériau (French, Le Limon, Saint-Domingue, West Indies 1819–1856 Paris)Date: ca. 1837–38Medium: Brush, ink and gray wash, heightened with white over graphite on beige laid paperAccession: 1975.131.94On view in:Not on view