“Portrait of Mlle Duthé”

Henri-Pierre Danloux (1753-1809)
ca. 1792
Oil on canvas
H. 72; W. 58 cm
Inv. CAM 700
© Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris / photo: Jean Tholance

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The many portraits of Catherine-Rosalie Gérard, better known by her stage name “Mademoiselle Duthé,” testify to her popularity as one of the most famous actresses in late eighteenth-century Paris. This one is particularly striking in terms of composition: the young woman seems to have been captured in the process of hanging a painting in an interior that might be her own, though the scene actually took place in the painter’s studio. The actress presented the portrait to her lover, the banker Jean-Frédéric Perregaux.

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