Alexandre Cabanel had only just returned from Rome when the Marès commissionned him with a series of portraits of their family and friends. Among those, three remain known: the Portrait of Louise Marès born Bidreman (Montpellier, Musée Fabre), the Portrait of Henri Marès (private collection), and our painting.
A copy of this painting executed in 1880 by Alfred Boisson is mentionned in the Montpellier and Cologne exhibition catalogue (op. cit.).
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