Marie Gabrielle Capet and Marie Marguerite Carreaux de Rosemond
Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (French, Paris 1749–1803 Paris)
Black chalk with stumping, red and white chalks on beige paper
15 x 19 in. (38.1 x 48.3 cm)
Purchase, Gifts from Mrs. Gardner Cassatt, Mrs. Francis Ormond, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, William Benton, Donald Silve, William M. Ivins Jr., and Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, and other gifts, bequests, and funds, by exchange, 1998
Not on view
Labille-Guiard was one of a small group of successful women artists working in France in the second half of the eighteenth century. She drew this study of the heads of her two students in preparation for her lifesize Self-Portrait with Two Pupils, which is in the Metropolitan Museum's European Paintings collection. Although the figures are full-length in the painting, this study focuses on the placement of the two heads, their proximity to one another, their crossed gazes, and the effects of light and shadow.
Private Collection, Paris; Vendor: Galerie de Bayser, Paris
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Eighteenth-Century French Drawings in New York Collections," February 3, 1999–April 25, 1999.
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Pierre Rosenberg, Perrin Stein, Elizabeth E. Barker, George R. Goldner, Alain-Charles Gruber, Colta Ives, Asher Ethan Miller, Sabine Rewald, Gary Tinterow The Wrightsman Pictures. Everett Fahy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005, cat. no. under 72, pp. 264-267, ill.
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