Portrait of Madame Marie-Henriette Berthelot de Pléneuf

Jean-Marc Nattier1739

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

Nattier was influenced by Nicolas de Largillièrre and brought about the revival of the Fontainebleau school through his depiction of the aristocratic women of the court in the guise of mythological figures. This is a typical example from his large production of this type of work. Here the model is shown as the personification of rivers or springs. This elegant image with its silvery gray tonalities allows us a glimpse of Nattier's technique, although at the time he was criticized for his over-idealization of the model. In his later years Nattier diverged from the taste of the period. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.51)


  • Title: Portrait of Madame Marie-Henriette Berthelot de Pléneuf
  • Creator Lifespan: 1685 - 1766
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Paris
  • Creator Birth Place: Paris
  • Date Created: 1739
  • Location Created: France
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed and dated lower left on jar: Nattier. p. / 1739
  • Provenance: Mme Marie-Henriette-Berhelet de Pleuneuf, Paris; Marquis Riocourt, Château de Virty, Virty La Ville; Abby Aldrich, New York; John D. Rockfeller, Jr., New York; John D. Rockfeller, III, New York; Newhouse Galleries Inc., New York.
  • Physical Dimensions: w828 x h1018 mm
  • Painter: Jean-Marc Nattier
  • Object title (Japanese): マリー=アンリエット・ベルトロ・ド・プレヌフ夫人の肖像
  • Object notes (Japanese): ナティエはニコラ・ド・ラルジリエールの影響を受けて、宮廷の貴婦人たちを神話の中の人物の姿を借りて描くというフォンテーヌブロー派の伝統を復活させた。彼はこの種の肖像画を多数制作したが、それはその典型的な作例の一つであり、ここではモデルを川ないし泉の精に擬して描いている。こうした優美な描写は、その銀灰色に煙るような色彩とあいまって、女性の肖像画家としてのナティエの資質を垣間見せているが、一方では行き過ぎた理想化に対して当時から批判もあり、彼の晩年には既に、時代の趣味とはかけ離れたものとなっていた。(出典: 国立西洋美術館名作選. 東京, 国立西洋美術館, 2006. cat. no. 51)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): ナティエ、ジャン=マルク
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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