Lot 474: Jean Joseph Vaudechamp (French)
December 3, 2016
New Orleans, LA, USALive Auction
Description: Jean Joseph Vaudechamp (French, 1790-1866, act. New Orleans, 1831-1839), "Portrait of a Lady in a Fur Stole", 1828, oil on canvas, signed and dated lower left, canvas stencil "Age. Ottoz, Eleve de Mr. Belot, Rue de la Michodiere, Paris, No. 2. A. Paris" and handwritten label "M. Gadon, 1 piece, 73 x 60, de vernis, rectoy (?) restauration vernis" en verso, 28 3/4 in. x 23 1/2 in., period frame. Note: Before Jean Joseph Vaudechamp traveled to New Orleans, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Anne-Louis Girodet (1767-1824) and established himself as a portrait painter in Paris. Vaudechamp soon made a name for himself depicting wealthy, fashionable citizens of Paris and in 1831, he decided to travel to New Orleans, where portraitists were widely sought after in the Franco-American community. The lady depicted here wears a classic 1830s style dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline, gathered bodice, natural waist, and sheer, puffed sleeves. Her luxurious dress, fur stole, and gold jewelry indicate that she is a woman of the upper class. Vaudechamp applies his flawless technique to depict the womans porcelain skin, the different fabrics of the dress, and the short fur of the stole to create a sophisticated portrayal of a prominent French woman. One can clearly see how Vaudechamp subsequently became Louisianas most prominent portrait painter.