Monday, December 24, 2012

Very Probably...

Jeanne-Philiberte Ledoux  "Lady Artist in her Atelier" (Very Probably a Self-Portrait)  location unknown
Jeanne-Philiberte Ledoux (1767-1840) was born in Paris. She was the daughter of architect Claude Nicolas Ledoux, and became a pupil of painter Jean-Baptiste Greuze with whom she studied both pastel and oil painting. Some of her works were mistakenly attributed to Greuze in the past, although it seems that art historians have become more aware of her work and some mis-attributions have recently been corrected.

Ledoux was contemporaneous with Louise-Élisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, but far less is known about her. She apparently worked in both pastels and oils, and was noted mainly for her portraits of girls and women, and occasionally young boys. She participated intermittently in the Paris Salons, between 1793 and 1819 exhibiting in ten of these events. Her work is in several museum collections, including the Bowes Museum in England, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

 A charming painting of Ledoux as a child with her father, painted by Greuze, can be seen here.


Alexandra Tyng said...

The resemblance between the child and adult does seem pretty strong, so I agree with the self-portrait theory. Being an artist daughter of architects, I enjoyed reading the info about her life. Thanks for this post!

Nancy Bea Miller said...

Oh good, yes, I also saw the resemblance between the Greuze portrait child and this artist. But the dates are slightly "off" for the Greuze unless Greuze worked from sketches of a somewhat younger child, or just did not end up finishing the piece for a few years or the piece is dated wrong, perhaps the date when it was first exhibited rather than completed, all of which are perfectly plausible scenarios. So, I think it IS Jeanne-Philiberte too.