A Small Portrait by François Gérard Stolen at Versailles


25/2/14 - Theft - Versailles, Musée national du Château et des Trianons - A painting by François Gérard representing a standing portrait of Comte Regnault de Saint-Jean d’Angély (ill. 1) has disappeared from the château’s storage rooms as announced in Le Parisien and confirmed by the museum. The theft was noticed on 14 February when the Réunion des Musées Nationaux asked to see the painting in order to compare it to the large format (ill. 2), also residing at Versailles, and which will be lent to Fontainebleau starting next 29 March for a retrospective on Gérard as a portrait artist.


1. François Gérard (1770-1837)
Portrait of Comte Michel Regnault de Saint-Jean d’Angély
Oil on canvas - 32 x 23 cm
Versailles, Musée national du Château et des Trianon
Stolen between February 2010 and February 2014
Photo : Château de Versailles

2. François Gérard (1770-1837)
Portrait of Comte Michel Regnault de Saint-Jean d’Angély
Oil on canvas - 217 x 142 cm
Versailles, Musée national du Château et des Trianon
Photo : Château de Versailles


According to the France 3 website, the painting was seen for the last time over four years ago, on 10 February 2010. The theft could thus have occurred at any time since then without anyone realizing it... A complaint was filed yesterday, 24 February, before the OCBC by the museum.
A small format, this canvas is part of a series of studies (and/or original replicas) of portraits of Napoleon’s court painted by the artist, all the same size, which the Musée de Versailles had acquired at the auction held after Gérard’s death.

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Didier Rykner, mardi 25 février 2014



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