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Jessica

2012
Chantal Joffe (English, born in 1969)


Dimensions

Overall: 242.9 x 181.9 cm (95 5/8 x 71 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2013.81

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View

Collections

Contemporary Art, Europe

Classifications

Paintings

Rather than paint sitters in her studio, Joffe often creates portraits of women at a deliberate remove—from photographs, magazines, or videos. This one was made via computer screen from a live video chat on Skype. The subject, actress Jessica Chastain, is admired for how she “disappears” into her diverse roles. In content and in process, Joffe’s portrait captures not a direct or definitive likeness, but a slightly awkward, distant moment through the immediacy of wet paint.

Provenance

2012, sold by the artist to Adam Sheffer, New York; 2013, gift of Adam Sheffer to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 27, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Adam Livingston Sheffer in memory of Phyllis Livingston and Beatrice Sheffer

Copyright

Courtesy of Cheim & Read, New York