Portrait of Madame Paul Meurice, née Palmyre Granger
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, Montauban 1780–1867 Paris)
Graphite on wove paper
Sheet: 22 × 17 5/8 in. (55.9 × 44.8 cm)
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
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.
Perrin Stein (July, 2017)
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.
Perrin Stein Portrait of Mme Paul Meurice (née Palmyre Granger): A Newly Discovered Study by Ingres Master Drawings. LV, no.2, Summer 2017, 147-52, ill.