Sotheby's, London, 19 June 1984, lot 76; Estate of Paul & Carole Cramer, Bel Air, California; Private collection
Possibly London, Dudley Gallery, 1882
La damoiselle d’honneur (The Bridesmaid) (Leeds City Art Gallery) was painted c.1883-5, the ninth of Tissot’s important series of paintings entitled La femme a Paris. Tissot originally intended the series to be etched with accompanying texts by famous authors including Guy de Maupassant and Emile Zola. The text to accompany the present picture was to be written by Francois Coppee but the project was abandoned following Tissot’s religious conversion. There are many variations between the sketch and the finished picture but the composition is essentially the same.
This board is flat and in good condition.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
There is an uneven varnish layer but there do not appear to be any retouchings.
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