Portrait of a Woman

Jean Marc Nattier French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 539

Conformity rather than individuality was a hallmark of Nattier’s enormous success portraying French aristocratic women: his innumerable portraits represent contrasting ivory skin and bright blush, powdered hair and soft features set against warm landscapes. This late work, signed and dated on the tree trunk, includes a lively array of flowers; a bright blue ribbon accentuates the woman’s bare neck and shoulders. Nattier made several adjustments to the position of the ribbon and hair, now visible as faint hallows or pentimenti showing through the paint surface.

Portrait of a Woman, Jean Marc Nattier (French, Paris 1685–1766 Paris), Oil on canvas

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