Rapidly sketched, the model delivers the basics of the master’s intense attachment to his fiancée, a young aristocrat, first glimpsed at a ball. The marriage took place in 1869 but soon soured owing to his morbid, irrational suspicions of infidelity on her part.
Inscription: Paper sticker adhered to the lower front of gown, printed: 358 [Identifies this piece as the study of Mademoiselle de M. sold as lot 358 in 1894 sale of Carpeaux's atelier.]
Marking: On red-wax atelier seal on back of lower gown: PROPRIÉTÉ CARPEAUX
Atelier Carpeaux (until 1894; sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 31–June 2, 1894, no. 358); [ Galerie Romane , by 1987 ] ; [ Patricia Wengraf Ltd. , London, until 1989; sold to MMA ]