About This Artwork

Baron Antoine Jean Gros
French, 1771-1835

Portrait of the Maistre Sisters, 1796

Oil on canvas
43.2 x 31.2 cm (17 x 12 1/4")
a Génes 1796 (lower right, inscribed in the wet paint with the butt end of the brush)

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection, 1990.110

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Publication History

“La Chronique des arts,” Gazette de Beaux-Arts 6th ser., 117 (1991), suppl. to no. 1466, p. 56, no. 242 (ill.).

Larry J. Feinberg in Malcolm Warner and Susan Wise, French and British paintings from 1600 to 1800 in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Collection, Chicago, 1996, pp. 79–80, ill.

Ownership History

David Maistre, father of the sitters, Genoa, until 1810 [this and the following provenance based on information provided by François Delestre in a letter of November 21, 1989, to Douglas Druick, in curatorial files]; at his death to Mlle Aubry, cousin of the sitters, Paris, 1810–17. M. Legoux (died 1847); Dijon; at his death to Emil Vincens (died 1850), husband of Rosine, another of the Maistre sisters; at Vincens’s death to Pauline Frat (died 1863), the only surviving sister of the Maistre family; at her death to the Legoux family, Paris. Portalès family, Paris. François Delestre, Paris; sold to Art Institute, 1990.

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