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Jean-Baptiste Santerre
"LA FEMME VOILÉE"
Estimate
60,00080,000
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249
Jean-Baptiste Santerre
"LA FEMME VOILÉE"
Estimate
60,00080,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Jean-Baptiste Santerre
MAGNY-EN-VEXIN, VAL-D'OISE 1651 - 1717 PARIS
"LA FEMME VOILÉE"
signed lower left: J.B. Santerre
oil on canvas
31 3/4  by 37 1/4  in.; 80.7 by 94.7 cm.
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Provenance

Possibly collection of the artist;
Thence possibly by inheritence to his grandnephew, Armand Santerre des Boves, Château des Boves, Magny-en-Vexin (Val d'Oise);
Thence possibly by inheritance to his heirs (by 1846).

Literature

Possibly C. d'Arnaud, "Revue de la semaine. Beaux Arts", in L'Artiste: Revue de Paris, series 4, VII, 26 July 1846, p. 62;
Possibly A. Potiquet, Jean Baptiste Santerre, peintre: sa vie et son oeuvre, Paris 1876, p. 9 and note 1;
Possibly C. Lesné, "Jean-Baptiste Santerre, 1657 - 1717", in Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français, 1988, pp. 111-112, nos. 112 and 128.

Catalogue Note

This image of the Femme voilée is emblematic of the figure de fantaisie or “fantasy portrait”, a genre which featured heavily in Santerre’s output at the dawn of his career, and the warm palette and dramatic employment of chiaroscuro typify the artist’s style at that time. The most celebrated version of this enigmatic female figure is that in the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, formerly in the collection of Pierre Crozat, a passionate collector and patron of early Rococo artists.1  The Hermitage picture is dated 1699, just one year after the artist was awarded associate membership  in the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, and the artist later exhibited a version of the Femme Voilée at his Salon debut when elected an official member in 1704.

 

1.  For the Hermitage picture see C.T. Eisler, Paintings in the Hermitage, New York 1990, p. 506.

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