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Funerary Portrait of Jacques Damala

Artist:
Sarah Bernhardt (French, Paris 1844–1923 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1889
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall (wt confirmed): 11 x 18 1/8 x 12 1/4 in., 97lb. (27.9 x 46 x 31.1 cm, 43.9989kg)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Assunta Sommella Peluso, Ignazio Peluso, Ada Peluso and Romano I. Peluso Gift, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.419
Not on view
Few realize that the great tragic actress Sarah Bernhardt was also a gifted sculptor. In 1882 she married Greek-born Jacques Damala, an actor who died prematurely of drug abuse in 1889. She visualized him as he appeared on his deathbed.
Signature: Signed on the right side of plinth, in script: Sarah Bernhardt
Sarah Bernhardt (until d. 1923) ; [ Bernhardt sale, Galerie Georges Petit , Paris, June 11–13, 1923, lot 222 ] ; [ David and Constance Yates , New York, until 2009; sold to MMA ]
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