Charles-François Phelippes. Portrait of presumed Clara Wieck Schumann, painting

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Charles-François PHELIPPES (? - Paris 1867)

Portrait of presumed Clara Wieck Schumann

Oil on canvas
Signed and dated on top right : PHELIPPES / 1839

Height: 116 cm (45.6 in) - Width : 90 cm (35.4 in)
Frame : 135 x 108 cm (53.1 in x 42.5 in)

Condition Report:
We note former restorations. The picture has been correctly re-lined at the beginning of the 20th century. We note restorations on the background and small tears. Crackling is visible on the hair and on the right eye. The varnish is yellow but partially cleaned on the face and body.

One of David’s students, Phélippes exhibited on numerous occasions at the Salon and was known for his portraits. It was in 1839 that he would have painted Clara Schumann: Clara stayed several months in Paris, alone, during this time, she gave numerous concerts. She married Robert Schumann the next year, following a judicial decision which obliged her father, Friedrich Wieck, to accept the marriage.
She holds a music score on her knees.
"Le retour au village" ( The return to the village ), by Auguste Panseron, composer and singing teacher. Auguste was very close to Pradier, as well as Phélippes: perhaps it was through the sculptor that Phélippes executed this portrait.

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