1819 - 1856

Jeune Fille Mauresque, assise dans un riche interieur (Almée)

oil on canvas
16 1/8 x 16 5/8 in (41 x 42.3 cm)
signed and dated lower left: Thre Chassériau 1853
painted 1853

Count Oscar de Ranchicourt;
thence by descent

Paris, Musée Jacquemart André, Le Second Empire, 1957, no.59

Valbert Chevillard, Un peintre romantique. Théodore Chassériau, Paris, 1893, either no.104 Femme Mauresque assise (no indication of provenance, location or size) or no.143, Almée, Vente Chasseriau;
Ary Renan, Le chronique des art, Paris 1897, no.5, Femme mauresque assise or no.13, Almée;
Marc Sandoz, Théodore Chassériau catalogue raisonné des peintures et estampes, Paris, 1974, no.224, repr. pl.CLXXXIX

Chassériau studied in Ingres' studio from the age of 11, and in 1836 made his début in the Salon, where for several years he exhibited religious and history paintings as well as portraits. By 1840, Chassériau was moving away from the emphasis on classicism and line that Ingres demanded from his pupils. Romantic by temperament, he was increasingly attracted to the spirited contours and bright colors of Delacroix.

Influenced by Delacroix's experience in Morocco, Chassériau spent two months in Algeria in 1846, from which he brought back enough material, in the form of sketches, watercolors and notes, to provide the subject matter for his work for the remainder of his short life. This canvas is a particularly sumptuous and sensual example of Chassériau's orientalist painting.

In the opinion of Marc Sandoz (op.cit.) the subject of the present painting is drawn from Chassériau's general recollections of Algeria. Its first owner, Count Oscar de Ranchicourt, who divided his time between his country estate and Parisian society, was a life-long friend of the artist.

Exposant: Artemis Fine Arts, Inc.
Catégorie: Peintures - Européennes
Epoque: 1850 - 1900 Prix:

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