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PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF EMILE WOLF

Carle van Loo
PORTRAIT OF MADAME FAVART
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 13,750 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE FAMILY OF EMILE WOLF

Carle van Loo
PORTRAIT OF MADAME FAVART
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 13,750 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

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Carle van Loo
NICE 1705 - 1765 PARIS
PORTRAIT OF MADAME FAVART
Graphite and colored chalks on vellum, within two sets of black ink framing lines;
signed in graphite, lower right: Carle Vanloo
bears an extensive inscription on the mount: L'amour sentant un jour 'impuissance de l'art / De Bastienne emprunta le nom et la figure / simple, tender, suivant, pas à pas la nature / et semblant ne devoir ses talens qu'au hazard / on demeloit pourtant la mine D'un espiègle / qui seduit la raison et qui la prend pour règle, / vous voyez son Portrait sous le nom de Favart
473 by 321 mm; 18 5/8  by 12¾ in
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Provenance

Comte de La Béraudière,
his sale, Paris, 18 May 1885, lot 162;
L. Tabourier,
his sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 20-22 June 1898, lot 131;
Roblin;
sale, New York, Sotheby's Parke Bernet (date unknown), lot 366;
Emile Wolf, New York,
thence by descent

Exhibited

Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fogg Art Museum/Malibu, J. Paul Getty Museum/Montreal, Museum of Fine Arts, Louis XIII - Louis XVI:  French Drawings from a Private Collection, 1980, pp. 115-116, no. 38;
Tampa Museum, Louis XIII - Louis XVI:  French Drawings from a Private Collection, 1982

Literature

Ph. de Chennevières, Les dessins de maîtres anciens exposés à l'Ecole Beaux-Arts en 1970, Paris, 1880, pl. 102;
Henry Jouin, "Le muse des portraits d'artistes," Vouvelles Archives de l'Art Français, 1886, vol. 3.2, p. 39;
M. Louis Réau, 'Carle Vanloo 1705-1765,' Archives de l'Art Français, Nouvelle periode 1938, vol. XIX p. 83, no.37;
Carle Vanloo, exh. cat., Nice, Musée Chéret, 1970, no. 297, illus.

Catalogue Note

Engraved in reverse by J Daullé, in 1754.

Madame Favart, depicted here, was the principal actress of the Opéra Comique and played the role of Bastienne in the parody Bastien and Bastienne, written by her husband, who was in fact the director of the Opéra.  The play premiered on 26 September 1753 and the role was to become Madame Favart's most famous, gaining her considerable critical acclaim.

This drawing, executed in colored chalks on vellum, was previously recorded as a copy of a lost painting by Vanloo (known only from an engraving by Jean Daullé).  Judging, however, from the drawing's quality and painterly execution, it is much more likely that the engraving was in fact based on this sheet, rather than a lost painting.  The dimensions of the drawing correspond closely with the engraving and its composition is reversed.  Its painterly guise may have prompted Daullé to describe it a painting rather than a drawing and inscribe his print: Peint par C. VanLoo.

Old Master Drawings including the Collection of Professor Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

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