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Saturday, June 7th, 2014


Jean Béraud – Couple Devant use Bijouterie on Flickr.

This was given by Jean Béraud to his good friend, Maurice Poirson, an artist in his own right who, tragically, died at an early age and left no heirs. An article in Le Gaulois, published December 16, 1882, describes his passing as a disaster for the art community of Paris. After his death, this painting was left to Maurice’s half-brother, Paul Poirson, as was his studio on the Boulevard Berthier. Paul subsequently rented the studio to John Singer Sargent, from whom he would accept a fine portrait of his wife, Madame Paul Poirson, in lieu of payment. The painting, which likely features the Ravaut jewellery shop which was on Rue de la Paix in Paris, has since been passed down through generations of the Poirson family.

[Sold for $118,750 at Sotheby’s, New York – Oil on canvas, 32.5 x 40.5 cm]

Sargent’s painting of Madame Paul Poirson:

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