GASTON CASIMIR SAINT-PIERRE | PORTRAIT OF MONSIEUR E.G***
GASTON CASIMIR SAINT-PIERRE
1833 - 1916
PORTRAIT OF MONSIEUR E.G***
signed G. de Saint Pierre and dated 1861 (lower right)
oil on canvas
36¾ by 29½ in.
93.3 by 74.9 cm
Not examined out of the frame. Lined. The work presents well. There is stable craquelure across the picture surface; a very small area of bumping and pulling over the 'Sai' of the signature; a few isolated pin dots of accretion; a barely perceptible 1 inch surface scuff extending from left lower edge; and minor frame abrsion along left upper and lower left edges. Under UV: varnish fluoresces green unevenly, and remains more heavily over part of the signature. The black coat is difficult to read under UV, but there appears to be a small retouch under the proper right thumb. Additionally, there is a pin dot retouch at lower left; a couple dashes of inpainting at the lower left edge; and finely applied inpainting along left lower edge.
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Private Collection, France
Paris, Salon des Artistes Français, 1861, no. 2779
Like Paul Mathey (see lot 454), Gaston Casimir Saint-Pierre was a student of Léon Coignet at the École des Beaux Arts, with the present, well-studied portrait a credit to the artist’s Academic technique. In addition to society portraits and mythological subjects, Casimir Saint-Pierre exhibited Orientalist paintings informed by his multiple trips to North Africa. Though a frequent contributor to the Salon, which earned him international patrons, Casimir Saint-Pierre lived a quiet life, less interested in self-promotion and society than a close circle of friends and work in his studio.