Portrait of Louise-Antoinette Feuardent

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of Louise-Antoinette Feuardent

Artist/Maker(s):

Jean-François Millet (French, 1814 - 1875)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

France (Place created)

Date:

1841

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

73.3 x 60 cm (28 7/8 x 23 5/8 in.)

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Before Jean-François Millet achieved international success as a painter of peasant life, he earned his early living as a portraitist. Here, he depicted Louise-Antoinette Feuardent, the wife of his lifelong friend Félix-Bienaimé Feuardent, a clerk in the library at Cherbourg. In this portrait painted shortly after her marriage, Louise-Antoinette prominently displays her wedding band on her left hand. In a style reminiscent of seventeenth-century Dutch painters, Millet painted the modestly dressed sitter against a plain background using a limited palette. Louise-Antoinette looks out of the picture, her brown eyes calmly assessing the viewer. Through a tightly controlled composition and a careful balance of monochromatic tones, Millet captured Louise-Antoinette's self-containment, reserve, and poised composure.

Provenance
1841 -

Félix Bienaimé Feuardent, French, 1819-1907, commissioned from the artist, along with a pendant portrait of himself; by inheritance within the Feuardent family, 1907.

1907 -

Feuardent Family, by inheritance to Félix Feuardent.

Félix Feuardent

- 1964

Private Collection [sold, Palais Galliera, Paris, December 12, 1964, lot 27, to Wildenstein & Co. (London)]

1964 - 1976

Wildenstein & Co. (London)

1977 -

Private Collection (San Francisco, California)

- 1995

Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox Ltd. (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1995.

Exhibitions
Cent portraits de femmes (1950) (Cat. 69a)
  • Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 1950
J.-F. Millet (1814-1875) (November 5 to December 5, 1969) (Cat. 3)
  • Wildenstein & Co. (London), November 5 to December 5, 1969
Jean-François Millet et ses amis-peintres de Barbizon (August 15 to December 6, 1970) (Cat. 3)
  • The Seibu Museum, (Tokyo), August 15 to September 30, 1970
  • Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, (Kyoto), October 4 to November 7, 1970
  • Cultural Centre (Fukuoka), November 12 to December 6, 1970
J. F. Millet, 1814-1875 (November to December, 1971) (Cat. 3)
  • Wildenstein & Co. (Buenos Aires), November to December, 1971
A Selection of Paintings and Drawings by Jean-François Millet (1814-1875) from the Gallery's Collection (February 11 to March 13, 1976) (Cat. 2)
  • Wildenstein & Company, (New York), February 11 to March 13, 1976
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