Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon, née, Thérèse Feuillant

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon, née, Thérèse Feuillant

Artist/Maker:

Jacques Joseph Tissot (French, 1836 - 1902)

Culture:

French

Place:

France (Place created)

Date:

1866

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

128.3 x 77.2 cm (50 1/2 x 30 3/8 in.)

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Costumed in the latest style and surrounded by fashionable decorative objects, the Marquise de Miramon wears a rose colored, ruffled peignoir, or dressing gown. Around her neck are a black lace scarf and a silver cross. Reflecting the new European fascination with Japanese art, behind her is a Japanese screen depicting cranes on a gold ground, and on the mantelpiece are several pieces of Japanese ceramics. The needlework on the Louis XVI stool indicates that the subject is a noble woman of leisure, and the eighteenth-century terracotta bust suggests her husband's aristocratic heritage.

Thérèse -Stephanie-Sophie Feuillant (1836-1912) was from a wealthy bourgeois family. She inherited a fortune from her father and in 1860 she married Réne de Cassagnes de Beaufort, Marquis de Miramon. She stands in the Château de Paulhac, Auvergne, her husband's family seat.

Tissot painted many fashionable women during his career, but he held this work in particularly high regard. In 1866, he wrote to request, and received, permission to borrow the painting and submit it to the Paris World Fair, where it was seen in public for the first time. The family kept this letter from Tissot along with a swatch of the Marquise's pink velvet gown. Today, the fabric swatch and the painting are in the collection of the Getty Museum and the letter is part of the collection of the Getty Research Institute.

Provenance
1866 - 1882

Commissioned from the artist, 1866, by Réné de Cassagne de Beaufort, 5th Marquis de Miramon, French, 1835 - 1882 (Paris), by inheritance within the Miramon family.

1882 - 2005

Heirs of Réné de Cassagne de Beaufort, 5th Marquis de Miramon, French, 1835 - 1882, sold to Blondeau-Bréton.

2005 - 2007

Blondeau-Bréton, sold to J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007.

Exhibitions
Exposition Universelle (1867)
  • Exposition Universelle (1867), 1867
L'Impressionnisme et la Mode / Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity (September 25, 2012 to September 29, 2013) (Cat. 21 / 7)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), February 26 to May 27, 2013
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, June 26 to September 29, 2013
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Exposition Universelle de 1867 à Paris, Catalogue Général, exh. cat. (Paris: Palais-royal, 1867) p. 44, no. 589 (reprinted in Reff, Theodore. Modern Art in Paris: Two-Hundred Catalogues of the Major Exhibitions Reproduced in Facsimile in Forty-Seven Volumes (New York: Garland, 1981)).

Bellier de la Chavignerie, Émile, and Louis Auvray. Dictionnaire général des artistes de l'école française. 2 vols. (Paris: Renouard, 1885) p. 578.

Wentworth, Michael. James Tissot (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984) pp. 62-63, fig. 40, app. VI, no. 589.

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