Portrait of André-Antoine Bernard, called Bernard de Saintes

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of André-Antoine Bernard, called Bernard de Saintes

Artist/Maker(s):

Jacques-Louis David (French, 1748 - 1825)

Culture:

French

Date:

July 24, 1795

Medium:

Pen and Indian ink and gray wash, heightened with white gouache, over pencil

Dimensions:

18.1 cm (7 1/8 in.)

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During the French Revolution, Jacques-Louis David was imprisoned twice for his support of Robespierre and for signing arrest warrants while serving as a member of the Committee for Public Safety. While in prison, David made numerous portrait drawings of fellow prisoners, one of which is this drawing of André-Antoine Bernard, known as Bernard des Saintes, a lawyer who was eventually exiled for voting to execute Louis XVI.

The portrait conveys the intensity of his subject's political beliefs. Bernard, who was forty-four at the time, poses stiffly in a high-backed chair with his arms folded resolutely across his chest. David captured the lawyer's forceful character in the determined set of his mouth, his fixed gaze, and his strong profile.

Provenance

Bernard des Saintes family

Monsieur Mignet

July 10-11, 1927

Chateau du Pinier, Charente-Maritime, [lot 89]

June 20, 1989

Groupe Gersaint, [Pavilion Josephine, Strasbourg, lot 10]

Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox Ltd.

Leonardo Mondadori

Exhibitions
Nineteenth Century French Drawings [1990] (November 21 to December 18, 1990) (1)
  • Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox Ltd., (London), November 21 to December 18, 1990
Portrait Drawings 1500 - 1900 (January 30 to May 12, 1996) (1)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), January 30 to May 12, 1996
Master Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998) (1)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1997 to February 22, 1998
Posing for Posterity: Portrait Drawings from the Collection (October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002) (1)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002
French Drawings from the Age of Greuze (September 10 to December 1, 2002) (1)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 10 to December 1, 2002
A Revolutionary Age: Drawing in Europe, 1770-1820 (January 18 to May 1, 2005) (1)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 18 to May 1, 2005
Rococo to Revolution: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings from Los Angeles Collections (July 1 to September 21, 2014) (1)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 1 to September 21, 2014
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