Portrait of a Young Man

c. 1865-1875

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The anonymity of artist and sitter by no means lessens the appeal of this portrait. The distinct lighting from the right suggests the artificial illumination of an interior. Perhaps this portrait of a youthful, dapper man is one of the many that young artists in training typically made in the studios of their fellows. It could be, on the other hand, a self-portrait made by a young man carefully examining himself in a mirror.

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  • Title: Portrait of a Young Man
  • Date Created: c. 1865-1875
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 36.6 x 27.9 cm (14 7/16 x 11 in.)
  • Provenance: Charles-Philippe, marquis de Chennevières-Pointel (Lugt 2073, lower right, in black ink). [Shepherd Gallery, New York]; purchased in 1977.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2008.403
  • Medium: charcoal with stumping, heightened with white chalk
  • Inscriptions: verso, lower right, along right margin, in black crayon: Renoir par Fantin [illegible]; lower right, in black crayon: A Renoir par Fantin / [illegible]
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Muriel Butkin
  • Collection: Drawings
  • Accession Number: 2008.403

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