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Portrait of Madame Léon Maître (Portrait de Madame Léon Maître)

Henri Fantin-Latour

European Art

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.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1882
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated upper right: "Fantin. 82"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Elevator Lobby, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 06.69
    CREDIT LINE Gift of A. Augustus Healy and George A. Hearn
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION 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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