Lot 7
  • 7

Jean-Baptiste Isabey

3,000 - 5,000 EUR
37,500 EUR
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  • Jean-Baptiste Isabey
  • Portrait of Joséphine in Malmaison
  • Signed and dated lower left Isabey 1798
  • Watercolor and pencil heightened with white on beige paper
  • 16,5 x 12,4 cm ; 6 1/2  by 4 7/8  in.


Former Edmond Taigny Collection (1828-1906) (see note lot 5)


Madame de Basily-Callimaki, Jean-Baptise Isabey, Paris 1909, p.45 (illustrated) ;
Catalogue of the exhibition Joséphine, Museum of Luxembourg, Paris, March 12th - June 29th 2014, p.19 fig.3 (reproduction of the photography from the book by Madame de Basily-Callimaki)

Catalogue Note

Joséphine de Bonaparte, Napoléon Bonaparte's wife, purchased the domain of Malmaison on April 21st, 1799. After their divorce, Joséphine spent most of her time at Malmaison. The watercolor is dated 1798 - Joséphine had not come into possession of the domain yet. The artist may have dated the work later, perhaps when he gave it to Edmond Taigny, which could explain the time difference.