Portrait bust of a Woman Artist

Madame Charpentier

French (Lyon)
about 1810
Joseph Chinard (1756–1813)


Overall: 25.2 cm (9 15/16 in.) Other (self-base): 7.9 x 7.3 cm (3 1/8 x 2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Molded plaster

Not On View





A young woman is portrayed to the waist with her head turned to her right and her arms crossed under her breasts. In her right hand she holds a paint brush. On the front of the self-base a palette with brushes is depicted. She wears a thin garment with a square neckline and short sleeves that is banded at the edge of the neck and sleeves with a patterned ribbon. Her short hair is arranged in loose curls that fall over her forehead and temples.


Signed on front edge of self-base: chinard de'l.


By 1909, Conde de Penha Longa; December 2, 1911, Penha Longa sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, lot 29. 1935, André J. Seligman, Paris; October 16, 1935, sold by Seligman to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection