About This Artwork

Maurice Quentin de Latour
French, 1704-1788

Portrait of Madame Anne-Jeanne Cassanéa de Mondonville, née Boucon (1708-1780), c. 1752

Pastel on blue-gray laid paper, laid down on canvas and wrapped around a strainer, enlarged by the artist with a band of paper about 3 cm high
660 x 550 mm

Charles H. and Mary F.S. Worcester Collection, 2001.53

In 1747, the noted violinist and com.poser JeanJoseph Cassanéa de Mondonville married Anne-Jeanne Boucon (1708-1780), the daughter of a great art collector and herself a noted musician. She asked La Tour to make her likeness, but claimed she could only pay half his usual rate. It is said that La Tour drew this complex, powerful portrait in just ,one sitting. When Mme de Mondonville sent him. the amount she had promised, their friendship was ruptured.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Paris, Salon, 1753, cat. 76.

Paris, Salon de la Correspondance, 1782, listed as from the Cabinet of M. de Mondonville Fils.

Publication History

Pierre Jean Mariette, Abecedario et autres notes inédites de cet amateur, ouvrage publié d'après les manuscrits autographes conservés au Cabinet des Estampes de la Bibliothèque Impériale, et annoté par MM. Ph. de Chennevières et A. de Montaiglon, vol. 3 (Paris, 1854-1856), pp. 73-74.

Maurice Tourneux, La Tour (Paris, 1904), pp. 52 and 99.

Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, L'art du XVIIIe siècle (Paris, 1885) vol. 2, pp. 238-40; 1906 ed., vol. 1, pp. 291, and 304-05.

André Tessier, "Le Portrait de Mondonville au Musée de Saint-Quentin" in Le Figaro: Supplément Artistique, December 29, 1927, pp. 162-63 and cover illustration.

Albert Besnard, La Tour. La vie et l'oeuvre de l'artiste. Catalogue critique par Georges Wildenstein (Paris, 1928), pp. 17, 20, 22, 38, 44, 111, 127-29, 157, nos. 344-5 (for Monsieur); nos. 347-48, p. 157 (for Madame).

Alfred Leroy, Maurice Quentin de la Tour et la société française du XVIIIe siècle (Paris, 1953), p. 41.

Élie Fleury and Gaston Brière, Collection Maurice-Quentin de la Tour à Saint-Quentin (Saint-Quentin, 1954), p. 62, no. 38 (re: replica and Art Institute pair).

Adrian Bury, Maurice Quentin de La Tour, The Greatest Pastel Portraitist (London, 1971), pls. 54-55 (replica).

Christine Debrie, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour: "peintre de portraits au pastel," 1704-1788 au Musée Antoine Lecuyer de Saint-Quentin, 1991, pp. 144-47 (ill. replica in Saint-Quentin).

Suzanne Folds McCullagh, “Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville; Anne Jeanne Cassanéa de Mondonville,” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 30, 1, pp. 76-77 (ill.).

Ownership History

M. and Mme. de Mondonville [invoice]; by descent to their son, to 1782 [invoice]. Deloynes, France [invoice]. Private Collection, Liege [invoice]. Watel-Dehaynin, 1920s-2001 [invoice]. Sold by Emmanuel Moatti, New York and Paris, to the Art Institute, 2001.




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