9 June 2010
Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier (Lyon 1815-1891 Paris)
A Venetian noble
signed and dated 'Meissonier 1866' (lower left), inscribed 'Tableau de Meissonier acquis de Petit après la vente Jacob de la Haye...(indecipherable) à l'exposition des oeuvres de Meissonier en 1884 salle Petit/par CP. Lambart/les Palmiers Nice où il vit' (on the reverse)
oil on panel
14½ x 10½ in. (36.8 x 26.7 cm.)
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V.C.O. Gérard, Meissonier: His Life and His Work, London, 1897, p. 371.
Paris, International Exhibition, 1867.
This finely detailed painting is a self-portrait of the artist presented as a noble Venetian man.
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