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Portrait of Constance Pipelet

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Jean-Baptiste-François Desoria
French, 1758–1832

About this artwork

Painted in the aftermath of the French Revolution, Désoria’s Portrait of Constance Pipelet typifies the Neoclassical style of portraiture practiced by Jacques-Louis David and his circle. The figure, placed parallel to the picture plane and silhouetted against the bright blue of the sky, evokes antique relief sculpture. Her white cotton dress was the fashionable attire of middle- and upper-class women in the 1790s, its antique associations reflecting Neoclassical ideals and its simplicity echoing the egalitarian spirit of the new French Republic. Constance Pipelet, later Constance de Salm-Dyck, was a noted poet, librettist, and feminist with a salon that attracted the literary and artistic notables of Paris.


On View, Gallery 218


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Jean Baptiste François Désoria


Portrait of Constance Pipelet


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed at lower left, on the edge of the wall: DESORIA / 1797 an V


130 × 99.1 cm (51 1/4 × 39 in.)

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Simeon B. Williams Fund

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