The Dubufe Family in 1820

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The painter, Claude-Marie Dubufe (1790-1864).
His father destined him to a brillant diplomatic career, but he chose painting instead. Trained in David's atelier, he became portraitist for member of the high-society and the first in a dynasty of famous painters.

Edmée Françoise (1793-1837), the painter's first wife, born Doménillet

The painter clearly points out, on his shoulder, his wife's hand bearing a weeding ring. The painting is a celebration of their union and family virtues.

This painting evokes family and emotional links that bind its members. The originality of scene relies on the expression of its characters and the circulation of their glances.

Madame Dubufe, the painter's mother
Anne Joséphine de Pincepré (née Dubufe)

Édouard Dubufe, the painter's son and a future painter himself.
The importance given to the child, placed at the center of the scene, let us think the painting might have been drawn for his birthday.

Joséphine-anne de Pincepré '1793-1861), born Dubufe, sister of the painter.

Arnoult Philibert de Pincepré (1792-1840), brother in law of the painter

This young girl, absorbed in her reading was not identified with certainty. She is found in another painting from Dubufe. She could be Mademoiselle Duménillet, a relative of the wife of the painter.

The Dubufe family in 1820 by Claude-Marie Dubufe (1790-1864), Paris, Louvre MuseumRmn-Grand Palais

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We would like to thank:
- For design, illustrations, writing, and coordination of the RMN-Grand Palais project: Cécile Maisonneuve (Doctor of Art History, Policy Officer, Scientific Council), Nathalie Gathelier (National Museums Speaker), Annie Madec (Iconographer), Françoise Lombardi-Peissel (Project Manager) at RMN-Grand Palais.
- For reproductions: French museum collections represented by the Photo Agency of the Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais:
Montpellier, Musée Fabre; Versailles, Musée Lambinet; Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts; Paris, The Louvre; Paris, Centre Pompidou (Musée National d'Art Moderne - Centre de Création Industrielle).

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