Portrait of Jules Monnerot
Delicately rendering the face of a friend with tightly controlled pencil marks, Théodore Chassériau revealed the influence of his teacher, the academic painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, who produced intimate pencil portraits in a similar style. Chassériau was, however, also an admirer of the Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix, whose expressive manner can be detected in the loose, tumbling lines of Monnerot’s wrinkled coat.
The artist was born in the Spanish colony of Santo Domingo (now the Dominican Republic) to a French father and a creole mother from Saint-Domingue (now Haiti).
Graphite on wove paper
Watermarks: "J. Whatman- Turkey Mill 1844"
"a mon ami Jules/Th. Chassériau 1852"
"Exhibition Chasseriau" Musee l'Orangerie, 1933, no. 299
Signed lower left, "a mon ami Jules/Th. Chassériau 1852"
Frank L. Babbott Fund
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Théodore Chassériau (French, 1819-1856). Portrait of Jules Monnerot, 1852. Graphite on wove paper, 9 1/2 × 7 7/16 in. (24.1 × 18.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Frank L. Babbott Fund, 39.622 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 39.622_SL1.jpg)
overall, 39.622_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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