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PROPERTY FROM A CONNECTICUT PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Charles Maurin
FRENCH
PORTRAIT OF A LADY (PRESUMED TO BE SARAH BERNHARDT) 
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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455

PROPERTY FROM A CONNECTICUT PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Charles Maurin
FRENCH
PORTRAIT OF A LADY (PRESUMED TO BE SARAH BERNHARDT) 
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Art

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New York

Charles Maurin
1856 - 1914
FRENCH
PORTRAIT OF A LADY (PRESUMED TO BE SARAH BERNHARDT) 
signed Maurin and dated 25.2.1885 (lower left) 
oil on canvas 
24 by 20 in.
61 by 50.8 cm
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Provenance

Mrs. Benjamin Sonnenberg, New York (and sold, her estate, Sotheby's, New York, October 30, 1980, lot 233, illustrated (as Portrait of a Lady with Red Hair)
Schweitzer Galleries, New York (acquired at the above sale)
Michael and Lynn Lerner, New York (and sold, Sotheby's, New York, October 12, 1994, lot 140 (as Portrait of a Woman)) 
Acquired at the above sale

Catalogue Note

Charles Maurin, a former student of the École des Beaux-Arts and the Académie Julian in Paris and a close friend of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, worked in a variety of styles throughout his career. In the 1880s and 1890s he produced a number of portraits of patrons and friends in his artistic circle. 

The sitter of the present lot resembles Sarah Bernhardt, the beloved and celebrated stage actress remembered for her red hair and striking profile. In the late-nineteenth century, it was very in vogue to capture the spirit of the actress, and women not only styled themselves after her but sought to be painted in her fashion. Maurin and Bernhardt moved in similar circles, and in 1895 Maurin designed sets and costumes for the actress for Edmond Rostand's La Princesse Lointaine.

19th Century European Art

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New York