Wiencyzyslawa Barczewksa, Madame de Jurjewicz
Wieńczysława Barczewska, Madame de Jurjewicz
Franz Xaver Winterhalter (German, 1805–1873)
156.1 x 124 cm (61 7/16 x 48 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
Out on Loan
On display at Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Japan, June 10, 2017 – October 15, 2017
This lush portrait depicts a member of the Polish nobility who lived most of her life in Paris. Painted in the highest courtly style of the nineteenth century, the image also recalls the grand manner of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century portraits by such artists as Anthony van Dyck and Thomas Gainsborough. Winterhalter was one of the most sought-after and fashionable portraitists in Europe, working for the courts of France, Britain, and Belgium.
Signed and dated F. WINTERHALTER/PARIS 1860
1928, Comtesse Jean de Quélen, France [see note 1]. By 1936 until at least 1988, Bussière collection, France [see note 2]. 1998, Konrad O. Bernheimer, Munich; 1998, sold by Bernheimer to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 21, 1998)
 She lent this to "L'exposition Winterhalter (Portraits de Dames du Second Empire)" (Jacques Seligmann et Fils, Paris, May 25 - June 15, 1928), cat. no. 14.  The Baronne de Bussière lent this to the exhibition "Winterhalter" (Knoedler, London, December 3-16, 1936), cat. no. 19 and the Baron de Bussière lent it to the exhibition "Franz Xaver Winterhalter and the Courts of Europe, 1830-1870" (National Portrait Gallery, London, and Petit Palais, Paris, 1987-1988), cat. no. 62.
Museum purchase with funds bequeathed by Genevieve Gray Young in memory of Patience Young and Patience Gray Young