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  • Madame Charles Simon Favart (Marie Justine Benoîte Duronceray, 1727–1772), 1757
    François Hubert Drouais (French, 1727–1775)
    Oil on canvas

    31 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (80 x 64.8 cm)
    Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917 (17.120.210)

    In 1745, Mademoiselle Duronceray, a much admired singer, dancer, and comedienne, married Charles Simon Favart (1710–1792) , the father of French comic opera. Among her best known roles was that of the peasant Lurine in The Loves of Bastien and Bastienne, 1753, in which she inspired a revolution in theatrical costume by wearing authentic peasant dress. Drouais' elegant secular portrait recalls traditional representations of Saint Celilia, patron saint of music.

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    Madame Charles Simon Favart (Marie Justine Benoîte Duronceray, 1727–1772), 1757
    François Hubert Drouais (French, 1727–1775)
    Oil on canvas

    31 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (80 x 64.8 cm)
    Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917 (17.120.210)


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