The Comite Jacques Emile Blanche has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
Blanche painted many portraits of fashionable figures of his age, including Marcel Proust, John Singer Sargent and "Les Six" - the group of composers and artists working in Monteparnasse in the early 1920's. Although Blanche received some instruction from Henri Gervex, he is primarily considered to be self-taught. Around the date he painted the current lot he spent some time in London, as well as in his native Paris. He exhibited at the Salon and the Socit Nationale des Beaux-Arts. He was close friends with Marcel Proust, who helped edit some of Blanche's publications, and he is mentioned in Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.