Faustine Léo (1832–1865),
Faustine Léo (1832–1865), 1842
Charles-Ernest-Rodolphe-Henri Lehmann (French, 1814–1882)
Oil on canvas; 39 3/8 x 32 in. (100 x 81.3 cm)
Purchase, Wolfe Fund and Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Richardson Gift, 2004 (2004.243)
Lehmann, after Chassériau, Ingres's most accomplished student, executed several portraits, both painted and drawn, of his first cousin Faustine Léo. This portrait clearly emulates Ingres's example, notably in its smooth, polished surface and the crisply delineated contours of the figure. Yet, its intensely saturated palette and intimate mood set Lehmann's work apart from that of his master. The portrait bears its original frame.
***Can I favorite my own art? Cuz I'd favorite this one. It was beautiful.