Private Collection [sold, Paris, Drouot Montaigne, December 7, 1990, lot 120.]
Eric Turquin S.A.R.L. (Paris, France), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997.
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Portrait of a Man
Joseph Vivien (French, 1657 - 1734)
France (Place created)
Pastel on blue paper
91.4 x 66 cm (36 x 26 in.)
This distinguished gentleman does not address the viewer, but gazes out fixedly at a point beyond the frame. The slight turn of head, the pursed lips, and the left hand at his jacket convey a sense of ease, comfort, and confidence. The sitter's dress reinforces his assuredness. The cascading curls of his abundant powdered wig fall below his shoulders. The wig's downward flow is echoed in the turquoise ribbon punctuating his white shirt. The bright blue of the ribbon, as well as the crisp white lace cuff, enliven the muted
For many years, this gentleman was believed to be Samuel Bernard, one of the wealthiest