Portrait of Madeleine Castaing

Artist: Chaim Soutine (French (born Lithuania), Smilovitchi 1893–1943 Paris)

Date: ca. 1929

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 39 3/8 × 28 3/4 in. (100 × 73 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), 1967

Accession Number: 67.187.107


Soutine met the successful Parisian interior decorator and antiquarian Madeleine Castaing (1894-1992) in 1920. She and her husband became one of the artist's most important patrons during the following decade. The portrait took six sittings in the artist's Paris studio. Castaing's fidgeting hands, awkwardly positioned legs, and tense facial expression convey her impatience and discomfort while posing.