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Portrait of Jules Monnerot

Théodore Chassériau

European Art

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).
MEDIUM Graphite on wove paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1852
    DIMENSIONS 9 1/2 × 7 7/16 in. (24.1 × 18.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Watermarks: "J. Whatman- Turkey Mill 1844" "a mon ami Jules/Th. Chassériau 1852" "Exhibition Chasseriau" Musee l'Orangerie, 1933, no. 299
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left, "a mon ami Jules/Th. Chassériau 1852"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Frank L. Babbott Fund
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION 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)
    IMAGE overall, 39.622_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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