Collection

Portrait of Suzanne Necker

Francois-Elie Vincent

  • Portrait of Suzanne Necker 2
  • Portrait of Suzanne Necker 3
Basic information
ID
Г-III-8
Author
Francois-Elie Vincent
Name
Portrait of Suzanne Necker
Date of creation
after 1781
Country
France
Technique
painting
Material
ivory gouache
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
8.5 x 6.7
Information about author
Author
Francois-Elie Vincent
Artist's lifetime
1708–1790
Biography
Francois-Elie Vincent was a French portrait painter, miniaturist, and enameller of Swiss origin. He was a professor and director of the Académie de Saint-Luc in Paris. From 1780, he had the status of a court artist of royal princesses (sisters of the king).
Object description
This miniature forms a pair with the work “Portrait of Jacques Necker”. It replicates an oil portrait by Joseph-Siffred Duplessis (after 1781), which is stored in Coppet Castle. The oil painting represents the knee-length image of Suzanne Necker; she is depicted in a white satin dress (maybe a wedding gown) in the fashion of that time. In contrast to the painting, the miniature depicts a waist-length image of a woman, and the dress’s color is shown in pink. Her hair is done in a lush hairstyle with curls and decorated with a white transparent bow. The miniature is in a gilt-bronze oval frame with convex glass on the obverse and reverse. On the back of it there is an ivory plate with the inscription: “Mon Coeur vous reste” (My heart remains with you); it is placed obliquely.
Inscriptions
On the right edge: Vincent
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Suzanne Necker, née Curchod
Lifetime of the person portrayed
1737–1794