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Marguerite Gerard (1761-1837)-Attrib. "Albertine de Stael", Outstanding Oil Painting!!, 1811 (?)
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With a great possibility authentic work of the famous French female artist Marguerite Gerard (1761-1837)!
First of all: the painting shows all stylistic criteria of works of this painter; our additional images with comparisons convincingly confirm this attribution.
Second: the first of these comparisons shows Marguerite Gerard's painting with a double portrait of the famous French novelist, essayist and philosopher Madame de Stael together with her daughter Albertine, shown in a park landscape (most probably the park of Madame de Stael's chateau in the Swiss town Coppet!). According to the biography of Mme de Stael, she spent the summer of 1808 at Coppet and the young girl on this double portrait - who was born in 1797- seems really to be 10-11 years old. Mme de Stael staid in Coppet also in 1811; her daughter Albertine was then 3 years elder, what confirms our thesis that our sitter, who appears to be 12-13 years old, is Albertine de Stael.
And finally third: the inscriptions on verso!! One of them tells us that the painting belonged formerly to one of the most important French private collections, the collection of Duchess de Berry, daughter-in-law of King Charles X of France. The second inscription which is unfortunately damaged and therefore only partially legible says "...Portrait...de Stael..." (!!!)
Recapitulating: in our opinion we have here a portrait of Albertine de Stael (1797-1838) by the hand of Marguerite Gerard. Nevertheless as we don't possess a written expertise from French specialists for Marguerite Gerard, we sell this painting as "attributed to Marguerite Gerard".
Mlle Marguerite Gerard (1761 Grasse -1837 Paris) was a younger sister of Mme Fragonard, wife of the painter Honore Fragonard. At the age of 14 she came to Paris into the house of her famous brother-in-law, where he began to instruct her in drawing and etching. Soon she started to paint family scenes in a genre that perfectly matched the taste of her time, so that she soon became famous in Paris. She exhibited at the Salon from 1799 to 1824, and obtained a First Class Medal in 1806. She painted mainly in oil, pastel and watercolor, did etchings and sometimes miniatures.
From 1780 she was considered one of the leading women artists in France, equal to Adelaide Labille-Guiard, Anne Vallayer-Coster and Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun .
See also our additional image with more information about this artist.
The sitter Albertine de Stael was the third - and according to rumors, an illegimate - child of Madame de Stael. Madame de Stael was a daughter of Louis XVI's director of finance, Jacques Necker. She married in 1786 Baron Erik Magnus Stael von Holstein, who was at first attaché of the Swedish legation and then minister.
In 1797 (the year of Albertine's birth) she separated formally from ther husband, who died in Sweden in 1802. The above mentioned and shown Mme Gerard's portrait of her with her daughter Albertine was painted according to art historians between 1803 and 1808. We tend to believe rather on 1808, what can be concluded from the above arguments.
On February 20th 1816 (at age of 19) Albertine married the Duke Victor de Broglie, and became the wife and future mother of a French statemen of distinction. In June of the same year she with her husband followed her mother to Coppet, where Lord Byron frequently visited them in the following months.
Our last additional image shows the 35 years old Albertine in deep sorrow. This portrait was painted in 1832 by Ary Schaeffer short after the death of her daughter Pauline.
Provenance: Duchesse de Berry (1798-1870); Private Collection, USA
Creation Year: 1811 (?)
Measurements: UNFRAMED:45,1x36,8cm/17,8x14,5in FRAMED: 67,0x59,7cm/26,4x23,5in
Object Type: Framed oil painting
Style: Old Master Paintings
Technique: oil on canvas
Inscription: two old inscriptions on verso
Creator: Marguerite Gerard
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Creator Dates: 1761 Grasse-1837 Paris
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