Portrait of a Woman (Marguerite Dufay?)

Portrait of a Woman (Marguerite Dufay?)
Artist:
Louis Anquetin (French, 1861-1932)
Date:
1891
Medium:
Pastel on paper 
Dimensions:
24-3/4 x 20 in. (63 x 51 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
M.1979.42.P 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View
Description

During the final decade of the nineteenth century, caricature piqued the interest of Louis Anquetin and he began to explore the expressive possibilities inherent to this popular form of image making. This portrait is a superb example of Anquetin’s new pursuits; in it the artist has amplified the sitter’s breasts and shrunk her waist beyond any measure of realistic anatomical proportion. The result is a bawdy sexuality, an exaggeration often associated with the woman thought to be the sitter, the cabaret performer and trombone player Marguerite Dufay. Indeed, she bears a striking resemblance to Dufay, who was depicted by Anquetin for a poster a few years after this portrait was completed.

Provenance:

[Arthur] Huc by 1928.
[Galerie Nicolas Poussin, Paris, sold to];
?Nusuvitch or Mescovitch.
(sale Lille, 29 May 1972, lot 50).
[Galerie La Cave, Paris, sold 27 Apri 1976 to];
Norton Simon, acc. N.1976.28.4.P, gift 1979 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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