The Portrait of the Marchioness of Miramon by Tissot acquired by the Getty Museum

James Tissot (1836-1902)
Portrait of
the Marchioness of Miramon
, 1866
Oil on canvas - 128.5 x 76 cm
Los Angeles, Getty Museum
Photo : Cabinet Blondeau-Breton

31/8/08 — Acquisition — Los Angeles, Getty Museum — We recently pointed out (see news item of 28/8/08) the Orsay’s acquisition of the marvellous Portrait of the Marquis and Marchioness of Miramon. The Breton-Blondeau cabinet, which had sold this painting directly from the family to the Parisian establishment, also served as the go-between with the Getty Museum for the purchase of the no less sumptuous Portrait of the Marchioness of Miramon (ill.). She is represented alone here at the château de Paulhac in Auvergne, a property belonging to her husband’s family. Her pose is extremely sophisticated and refined. In a thoughtful and negligent manner, she is seen leaning her elbow on the mantelpiece and seems distracted by something outside of the picture. She is looking the other way, with a questioning and slightly bored air. The material of her pink dress is remarkably treated, as are the elegant black scarf and the white glove and lace on her right hand. The screen in the background and the ceramic piece in the form of a fish reflect the taste of that period for Japanese curios as does the manner in which Tissot renders the fabric on the stool, on the left. In contradiction with the entry provided by the Getty Museum for this canvas, it would seem that the terracotta bust dates from the 19th century rather than the 18th. In fact, the model is probably the same person.

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Didier Rykner, dimanche 31 août 2008

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