Offered by Galerie Wanecq
French 18th Century Furniture and works of art
Portrait of a Young Girl
Oil on canvas, framed
Signed lower right
Canvas: H. 43,4 cm (17 in.), W. 32 cm (12 2/3 in.)
Framed: H. 61 cm (24 in.), W. 50 cm (19 2/3 in.)
Charles Chaplin was a pupil of Michel Martin Drolling (a French neoclassical painter) at the Paris School of Fine Arts in 1845.
He was appreciated by the Empress Eugenie, who commissioned him to paint several canvases and to decorate the Salon de l'Hémicycle at the Élysée Palace, the Garnier Opera House and the Tuileries Palace. An "official" artist of the Second Empire, he began his career with naturalism and then turned to worldly portraits.
Chaplin also produced landscapes, mainly of Auvergne and Lozère, until 1851 when he devoted himself to portraiture. He then acquired a reputation as an intimate painter of women.
He sent his works to the Salon between 1845 and 1868.
He married Marie Antoinette Jeanne Rüttré on 21 June 1862. They had five children, including the painter Arthur Chaplin.
Of English origin through his father, Charles Chaplin became a naturalized French citizen in 1863.
He died on 20 January 1891 in Paris and is buried in the Père-Lachaise cemetery.
Musée d'Orsay (Paris)
National School of Fine Arts (Paris)
Museum of Fine Arts (Lille)
Museum of Fine Arts (Dijon)
Bonnat Helleu Museum (Bayonne)
Museum of Fine Arts (Rouen)
Museum of Fine Arts (Buenos Aires)
Chrysler Museum (Norfolk, USA)
Walter Art Museum (Baltimore, USA)
Bowes Museum (Barnard Castel, UK)
Hermitage Museum (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
13 500 €