Charlotte du Val d'Ognes (died 1868)

Artist: Marie Denise Villers (French, Paris 1774–1821 Paris (?))

Date: 1801

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 63 1/2 x 50 5/8in. (161.3 x 128.6cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917

Accession Number: 17.120.204

Description

At one time ascribed to Jacques-Louis David, this engaging image has most recently been identified as the work of Marie Denise Villers. Although little known today, Villers was a gifted pupil of Anne Louis Girodet-Trioson (1767–1824) and exhibited in the Salons, where her portraits attracted attention. This canvas, which was shown in that of 1801, may be a self-portrait.

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