10 July 1998
Jean-Baptiste Greuze (Tournus 1727-1805 Paris)
Portrait of Madame de Viette, bust-length, in a blue dress and white wrap
oil on canvas
23½ x 20 in. (59.7 x 50.8 cm.)
A.A., sale, Paris, 31 March 1842.
Comte de Belleval.
Baron de Beurnonville, sale, Paris, 21 May 1883, lot 17, illustrated by an engraving (10,100 francs).
Marquise d'Estampes, by 1909.
Anon. sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 10 Dec. 1980, lot 9, where bought by the present owner.
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J. Martin, Oeuvre de J.B. Greuze, Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1908, no. 1257.
Paris, Museée du Jeu de Paume, L'Art du XVIIIème siècle, Cent Portraits de Femmes des écoles anglaise et franaise, 23 April-1 July 1909, p. 68.
Professor Edgar Munhall confirmed the attribution in a written communication, dated 29 May 1986 ('a fine work, particularly for such a late date').
Archives d'Eure et Loire mention a De Viette family living in Normandy in the eighteenth century.
An enamel miniature (formerly on the art market in Lausanne, c. 1990) was executed after the present painting by Jérôme de Bréa.
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