Portrait of Suzanne Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of Suzanne Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau

Artist/Maker(s):

Jacques-Louis David (French, 1748 - 1825)

Culture:

French

Date:

1804

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

60.3 x 49.5 cm (23 3/4 x 19 1/2 in.)

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In one of the few commissions Jacques-Louis David accepted after he began working regularly for Napoleon in 1799, he agreed to paint a portrait of Suzanne Le Peletier when she was twenty-two years old. The portrait was painted the year of her engagement to her cousin Léon Le Peletier de Mortefontaine, whom she married in 1806. The painting's small size and intimate mood reflect its private nature. Suzanne is portrayed bust-length, facing the viewer. Her dark hair falls in loose curls around her forehead, accentuating her large, dark eyes. She is fashionably dressed in pale muslin with a soft, black cashmere stole around her neck. Suzanne Le Peletier became a national celebrity at the age of eleven after the murder of her father, the French revolutionary Michel Le Peletier. Following his assassination, Suzanne was officially adopted by the French nation and given the title "daughter of the state."

Provenance
1804 - 1829

Suzanne Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, 1782 - 1829, commissioned from the artist, 1804; by inheritance to her heirs, 1829.

1829 - 1997

Heirs of Suzanne Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, 1782 - 1829 [sold, Sotheby's, London, June 11, 1997, lot 47, through the Xavier Nobel Corporation (Zurich, Switzerland) to the J. Paul Getty Museum]

Exhibitions
David: Exposition en l'honneur du deuxième centenaire de sa naissance (June to September, 1948) (Cat. M.O. 51)
  • Musée de l'Orangerie, (Paris), June to September, 1948
De Watteau à Prud'hon (May 11 to May 31, 1956) (Cat. 23)
  • Gazette des beaux-arts, (Paris), May 11 to May 31, 1956
Portraiture in Paris around 1800: Cooper Penrose by Jacques-Louis David (October 17, 2003 to February 15, 2004) (Cat. 3)
  • Timken Museum of Art, (San Diego), October 17, 2003 to February 15, 2004
Jacques-Louis David: Empire to Exile (February 1 to September 5, 2005) (Cat. 15)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 1 to April 24, 2005
  • The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, (Williamstown), June 5 to September 5, 2005
Jacques-Louis David, 1748-1825 (October 4, 2005 to January 31, 2006) (Cat. 51)
  • Musée Jacquemart-André, (Paris), October 4, 2005 to January 31, 2006
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