• Portrait of the Misses de Balleroy in a Landscape with a Dog
  • c. 1805-1815
  • Henri-François Riesener
  • French
  • 1767-1828
  • Oil on canvas
  • Museum purchase with funds provided by an anonymous donor.
  • CMA 2007.6

Son of the famous cabinetmaker, Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806), and uncle of the French Romantic painter, Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), Henri-Francois Riesener first apprenticed to François-André Vincent (1746-1816) and later moved to the studio of Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825), from whom he learned the grand manner of French Neoclassical history painting. Throughout his career, however, Riesener was renowned as a portrait, rather than history painter, and remains one of the greatest portraitists to come out of David’s studio. During his career, he received critical acclaim at the Paris Salons of 1808 and 1814 and counted Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, the Empress Josephine and Russian czars among his many clients. Painted by Riesener sometime between 1805-1815, this monumental canvas - nearly seven feet in height - depicts the Misses de Balleroy, presumably situated on the balcony of their family home, the Château de Balleroy (1636), located approximately ten miles southwest of Bayeux in Normandy.

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