Manner of Thomas Couture (French, 1815-1879) so designated by Sotheby's. London, November 24, 1983,Lot 555. Original works of Thomas Couture have sold for up to $182,500.00. Several very astute collectors have been suggesting it is actually an original by Couture. If it was, it would be worth thousands of dollars. It is a beautiful work, and certainly quite appealing, regardless of whether it is a Couture or not.
Title: "Portrait of a Lady with a Chignon"
Medium: Charcoal on paper.
Size: 11 by 8 5/8 inches (27.9 x 21.9 cm).
PROVENANCE: Sotheby's, London, November 24, 1983, lot 555. Private collection, Japan.
Condition: Sheet is attached to window mount along extreme edges, but verso of work is still visible due to window; there appears to be light overall paper discoloration with faint matburn and a few spots of foxing; a tiny abrasion near lower left edge; handling creases; framed under glass.
Couture, Thomas is often remembered for "The Romans of the Decadence," the sensation of the 1847 Salon that is now often cited as a classic example of bombastic academic painting. His informal works are more lively and he encouraged his students to directly study from landscape.
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