Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man
Louis Anquetin (French, 1861-1932)
Pastel on paper 
24-1/2 x 20 in. (62.2 x 50.8 cm) 
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Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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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.


(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.

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