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Portrait of Madame Jules Ricard, née Augustine Bulteau

Portrait of Madame Jules Ricard, née Augustine Bulteau

c. 1893

Fernand Khnopff

(Belgian, 1858-1921)

Black chalk on tan-colored vellum

Sheet: 40.5 x 32.4 cm (15 15/16 x 12 3/4 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Trust 2018.206

Catalogue raisonné: Delevoy 237

Description

Although Fernand Khnopff was best known for depicting femmes fatales—threatening or dangerous women—this drawing offers a personalized and intimate depiction of its sitter, Augustine Bulteau. A prolific novelist and writer, Bulteau hosted a regular salon for artists such as Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec. She appears dressed conservatively but fashionably, holding her place in a book as if interrupted while reading.

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Collection: 
DR - German
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing

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