Portrait of a Man
Louis Anquetin (French, 1861-1932)
Not on View

Louis Anquetin arrived in Paris in 1882 and studied in two academic ateliers before settling in with a group of friends that included Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh and Émile Bernard. These friendships had a great influence on Anquetin’s artistic development; in partnership with Bernard, he developed a style known as Cloisonnisme, which is characterized by the use of emphatic black outlines and unmodulated planes of color that resemble stained-glass windows or medieval enamels. Anquetin’s comfort with both avant-garde and academic styles is evident in this portrait of an unknown man, which combines a cloissoniste contour line with meticulous attention to the sitter’s facial features and clothing, each delicate wrinkle, strand of hair, and crease in fabric carefully articulated.


  • Artist Name: Louis Anquetin (French, 1861-1932)
  • Title: Portrait of a Man
  • Date: 1889
  • Medium: Pastel on paper
  • Dimensions: 24-1/2 x 20 in. (62.2 x 50.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1977.03.1.P
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

(sale Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 25 October 1945, lot 1).
[M. Fouquet, Galerie des Deux Iles, Paris].
[Galerie La Cave, Paris, offered November 1976 and subsequently sold 1977, as Portrait d'Homme, to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

Symbolism: Europe and America at the End of the Nineteenth Century

  • San Bernardino, California State College Art Gallery, 1980-04-27 to 1980-06-10

Gaze: Portraiture After Ingres

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2009-10-30 to 2010-04-05

By Day & By Night: Paris in the Belle Époque

  • Norton Simon Museum, 2019-10-04 to 2020-03-02
  • Symbolism: Europe and America at the End of the Nineteenth Century, 1980, no. 3
  • Brame-Lorenceau, Anquetin: La Passion d'être peintre, 1991, p. 98
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1, 2006,
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1398 p. 402

Additional Artwork by Artist

Portrait of a Woman (Marguerite Dufay?) Louis Anquetin 1891

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