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121
Workshop of Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828), French, circa 1793
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PORTRAIT OF CLAUDINE HOUDON (1790-1878)
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Workshop of Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828), French, circa 1793
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PORTRAIT OF CLAUDINE HOUDON (1790-1878)
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15,00020,000
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Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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Workshop of Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828), French, circa 1793
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PORTRAIT OF CLAUDINE HOUDON (1790-1878)
patinated plaster bust;
with the red wax seal of the workshop on the reverse: ACADEM/ROYALE/DE PEINTURE/ET SCULPT/HOUDON SC.
41 cm; 16 1/4 in.
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Provenance

Collection of Madame Monsallut, Lille;
J.L. Souffrice Gallery, 33 quai Voltaire, Paris;
acquired from the above by the great uncle of the present owner, in 1952; 
private collection, Paris.

Literature

RELATED LITERATURE
A. Poulet, G. Scherf, Houdon 1741-1828. Sculpteur des Lumières, exh. cat. Versailles, 2004, pp. 137-140, no. 18.

Catalogue Note

Houdon excelled in his portraits of children, and made it his specialty, notably when he transcribed the traits of his three daughters. Sabine, the eldest, Anne-Ange and Antoinette-Claude, called "Claudine", the youngest, represented here. He sometimes presented them naked or with open shoulders, sometimes with a draped garment or dressed with a coat. Houdon exhibited at the Salon of 1793 '[...] a bust of child in plaster' (no. 123), identified as the portrait of his youngest daughter, then aged three. She is cute with her fat cheeks, her frank and lively look, her hair in disarray, her shoulders wrapped in a drapery with deep folds. Modeled with tenderness, the artist pays particular attention to the expression of her face, and captures with skill and sweetness the vivacity of her look. Claudine's portrait was such a success that, besides the superb signed marble version at the Worcester Museum, Massachusetts (inv. no. 1964.17), several plaster casts are known.

Tableaux, Sculptures et Dessins Anciens et du XIXe siècle

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