Artist: François Hubert Drouais (French, Paris 1727–1775 Paris)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 31 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (80 x 64.8 cm)
Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917
Accession Number: 17.120.210
In 1745 Mademoiselle Duronceray, a much admired singer, dancer, and comedienne, married Charles Simon Favart (1710–1792) , the father of French comic opera. Among her best known roles was that of the peasant Lurine in The Loves of Bastien and Bastienne, 1753, in which she inspired a revolution in theatrical costume by wearing authentic peasant dress.
Drouais's elegant secular portrait recalls traditional representations of Saint Celilia, patron saint of music.