Lot 541
  • 541

LÉON BONNAT | L'Italienne

12,000 - 18,000 USD
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  • Léon Bonnat
  • L'Italienne
  • signed Ln Bonnat. and dated 1869 (upper left)
  • oil on canvas
  • 18 1/8 by 15 in.
  • 46 by 38.1 cm


Sale: Christie's, New York, October 11, 1979, lot 62, illustrated (as The Gypsy Girl)


New York, Shepherd Gallery, French and Other European Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture of  the Nineteenth Century, Winter Exhibition, December 2, 1980-February 28, 1981, no. 19 (as Portrait of an Italian Woman)


Guy Saigne, Léon Bonnat: Le portraitiste de la IIIe République: catalogue raisoneé des portraits, Paris, 2017, p. 431, no. 284, illustrated p. 430 (as Italienne (2))


The following condition report was kindly provided by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.: This work has been restored. The canvas is lined with wax and stretched onto a new stretcher. The paint layer is slightly flat as a result of the lining. Under ultraviolet light, one can see isolated spots of retouching in a few areas of the background, half a dozen of which are in the upper right and upper center. There are a few spots in the red bonnet on the right side. In the face, there are only retouches beneath the nose, to the right of the mouth, and in two spots in the right side of the lips. The only other retouching of any note is in the lower center to a damage to the edge of the sleeve and in the white shirt. The work can be hung as is, or the lining could be reversed.
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