Lot 403
  • 403


25,000 - 35,000 USD
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  • Manner of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
  • Monsieur Imbert 
  • inscribed Souvenir d'amitié/ à M. Imbert, signed JBte Carpeaux, and dated 1873 (lower right) 
  • oil on canvas 
  • 15 7/8 by 12 7/8 in.
  • 40.3 by 32.7 cm


Roger Doublier, Monaco, (by 1944) 
Sale: Sotheby's, Monaco, December 8, 1984, lot 407, illustrated (as Portrait de M. Jaubert
Jean-François et Philippe Heim, Paris (by 1987) 
Wheelock Whitney & Company, New York 
Acquired from the above in 1988


Paris, Galerie Heim, Peintures, Aquarelles, Dessins et Sculptures du XIXSiècle, 1986, no. 9 (as Portrait de Monsieur Jaubert) 


Louise Clément-Carpeaux, La Vérité sur l'Oeuvre et la Vie de J.-B. Carpeaux, Paris, 1935, vol. II, pp. 44, 332 
Revue du Louvre
, 1987, no. 1 (as Portrait de M. Jaubert) 
Revue du Louvre, 1987, no. 5-6, p. 426 (as Portrait de M. Jaubert) 
Patrick Ramade, ed., Carpeaux peintre, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux Arts de Valenciennes; Musée du Luxembourg, Paris; Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, October 8, 1999 - August 27, 2000, p. 246, no. 278, illustrated 

Catalogue Note

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux was a leading French sculptor who rose to fame during the Second Empire. After winning the coveted Prix de Rome in 1854 and studying from masters such as Michelangelo and Donatello, Carpeaux adopted a naturalistic style which would later inspire Auguste Rodin. Carpeaux was also a prolific portrait painter, his evident painterly freedom evoking the psychological realism and integrity of his sitter. The present work has recently been identified as a portrait of Monsieur Imbert, a clerk to Carpeaux’s lawyer, to whom the painting is dedicated as a souvenir of his friendship with the artist.