Madame Catherine Bruguière, née Sardon

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In 1793 Antoine-Jean Gros left France for Italy, where he spent the next eight years. The portraits of Catherine Bruguière, née Sardon, and her husband, François, number among many works which Gros painted in Genoa. Madame Bruguière is depicted with classical restraint, her affluence only hinted at. In the pendant portrait, François, ship owner and president of the French chamber of commerce in Genoa, is presented as a supporter of revolutionary France. Around the time he painted these portraits, Gros met Josephine Bonaparte in Genoa, an auspicious meeting which led to his later acquaintance with Napoleon and his establishment as a leading artist.

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Madame Catherine Bruguière, née Sardon




oil on canvas


H 78.2 x W 65.4 cm

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purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Penraven Bequest, 1967

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