Portrait of Madame Léon Maître (Portrait de Madame Léon Maître)
On View: Elevator Lobby, 3rd Floor
Fantin-Latour imbues his subject—the sister-in-law of a close friend—and her setting with an air of mystery. The painter distances Madame Maître from the viewer with an expanse of black silk, while her demure downward look avoids direct engagement. Trimmed with a froth of white lace ruffles and a bouquet of roses, Maître’s evening dress emphasizes her corseted waistline and eyedrawing, low neckline. The sparse furnishings and the raking light from above, which makes her ivory skin glow and heavy gold jewelry sparkle, suggest that the setting is the artist’s studio rather than a home. With one hand ungloved, the subject may be at either the beginning or the end of the sitting.
Oil on canvas
50 x 55 1/8 in., 164 lb. (127 x 140 cm, 74.39kg)
frame: 62 x 67 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (157.5 x 170.8 x 10.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated upper right: "Fantin. 82"
Gift of A. Augustus Healy and George A. Hearn
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Henri Fantin-Latour (French, 1836-1904). Portrait of Madame Léon Maître (Portrait de Madame Léon Maître), 1882. Oil on canvas, 50 x 55 1/8 in., 164 lb. (127 x 140 cm, 74.39kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of A. Augustus Healy and George A. Hearn, 06.69
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