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Maker(s):Largillière, Nicolas de
Culture:French (1656-1746)
Title:Marie Elisabeth Desiree de Chantemerle, Comtesse de Hergh
Date Made:1715
Materials:Oil on canvas
Place Made:Europe; France; Paris
Measurements:Frame: 39 3/4 in x 33 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in; 101 cm x 85.1 cm x 8.3 cm; Stretcher: 31 3/8 in x 24 3/4 in; 79.7 cm x 62.9 cm
Narrative Inscription:  LABEL: back, upp. r. (on right stretcher): [triangular label from Vose Galleries] VOSE / ESTABLISHED 1841 / Nicholas Largilliere / Comtesse de Hergh / 32 1/2 x 26 1/4 / #12896 / Boston ; LABEL: back, upp. r. (on upper stretcher bar): DURAND-RUEL / PARIS, 16 Rue Laffitte / NEW YORK. 389 Fifth Avenue / (handwritten) Largilliere No. 1306 (?) / Port. de la Ctesse de Hergh / Avec le no 1305 - AS[ill.] ; LABEL: back, upp. r. (upper right stretcher, in corner) [Durand Ruel label] ; LABEL: back, on vertical stretcher bar: 582 / 14 ; STAMP: back, on vertical stretcher bar: R. C. VOSE / PAINTINGS / BOSTON ; INSCRIPTION: back, on vertical stretcher bar (blue ink): CA 1444 ;
Accession Number:  MH 1987.23.1
Credit Line:Bequest of Elisabeth Skinner
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

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Half-length portrait of a woman with powdered hair, hair ornament, elegant silk clothing

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French painter Nicolas de Largillière combined naturalism with artifice to create portraits with a unity of color and harmony of composition. Casting aside the formality of the age of Louis XIV, his elegant and engaging sitter wears the fashions of the new monarchy that began the year of its execution, in 1715. The Comtesse de Hergh’s ochre robe volante is loosely gathered, revealing a lavishly-embellished chemise. Her blue velvet mantle undulates over her shoulders in a casually sensual way. The colors and textures of her clothing are echoed in the soft tones and loose brushwork of the landscape in the background. Associated with the aesthetic ideals of the new king, Louis XV, Largillière's portrait reflects the informality, spontaneity, and natural grace of the Rococo style.

portraits; women; hairstyles

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