Portrait of the Artist's Daughter

Martin Drölling (French, 1752-1817)c. 1810

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Martin Drölling was an accomplished portraitist, known for intimate depictions that revealed their sitters’ personalities. This drawing shows his daughter, Louise Adéone (1797–before 1831) wearing a fashionable dress and hat. The young woman meets the artist’s gaze directly and confidently, her features delineated by a combination of smooth lines and soft shading in charcoal.

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  • Title: Portrait of the Artist's Daughter
  • Creator: Martin Drölling (French, 1752-1817)
  • Date Created: c. 1810
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 21.2 x 18.5 cm (8 3/8 x 7 5/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Galerie Arnoldi-Livie, Munich, Germany, Mr. Noah L. Butkin [1918-1980], Mrs. Muriel Butkin [1915-2008], the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2019.65
  • Medium: black chalk on tan wove paper
  • Inscriptions: at lower right, in graphite: “[illegible] / pour [illegible]”
  • Fun Fact: Martin Drölling’s daughter, this portrait’s sitter, went on to become an artist herself, painting under the name Madame Joubert.
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Muriel Butkin
  • Collection: DR - French
  • Accession Number: 2019.65

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