FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF MADAME MOITESSIER, NÉE MARIE-CLOTILDE-INÈS DE FOUCAULD
Madame Moitessier (Marie-Clotilde-Inès de Foucauld, 1821-1897), born to a French civil servant, married the wealthy banker and lace merchant Sigisbert Moitessier in 1842. Ingres (born Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, 1780-1867) the celebrated 'history painter' known for his works such as 'Napoleon I on his Imperial Throne' (1806, Musée de l'Armée, Paris), the 'Grande Odalisque' (1814, Louvre, Paris) and later 'The Turkish Bath' (1862, Louvre, Paris) was asked in 1844 to paint Madame Moitessier. Initially reluctant to paint a simple portrait and not the historical subjects he deemed so important, the painter was immediately won over upon meeting his model, struck by her great beauty. Following various delays, numerous sketches and a standing version of the portrait, this original seated portrait was completed in 1856.
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