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Portrait of Madame Paul Meurice, née Palmyre Granger

Artist:
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, Montauban 1780–1867 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1845–50
Medium:
Graphite on wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 22 × 17 5/8 in. (55.9 × 44.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Harris Brisbane Dick, Louis V. Bell, and Harry G. Sperling Funds, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, and Leon D. and Debra R. Black Gift, 2016
Accession Number:
2016.20
Not on view
This large scale study was presumably a preparatory work for a lost or never executed portrait. It depicts the painter's god-daughter, Palmyre Meurice (1819-1874), known to her friends and family as 'Myrette'. Her father, the Neoclassical painter Jean-Pierre Granger, was a close friend of Ingres' and she herself studied art, and would go on to become a renowned musician. She married the writer Paul Meurice in 1843 and counted Charles Baudelaire and Victor Hugo among her close friends.
Holding what appears to be a flower, the sitter faces the viewer directly. The frontality of her pose, along with her steady gaze, suggests a mature and accomplished woman. Using a dark graphite, Ingres has gone over the lines repeatedly, establishing the sinuous contours characteristic of his style. Her features are rendered with clarity, in a decidedly more delicate technique.
Paul Meurice (French, 1818–1905); bequeathed to his daughter;; Marthe Meurice (French, 1863–1955); and by descent;; Vendor: Galerie de Bayser, Paris
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 12–July 18, 2016.

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