Posted at 16:46h
in 19th Century
, 20th century
, Art Fair
, Masterpiece London 2016
, Oil on canvas
When we acquired this portrait of a young girl by the Jewish woman artist Clémence Roth (1858-1908) we knew no more about her than her birth and death dates. We soon discovered that there was an oft-exhibited painting by her in the Musée des Beaux Arts at Morlaix, of a young girl holding an orange – this turned out to be a portrait of her daughter about whose later life we know little.
Clémence Roth, Young Girl holding an Orange, Musée des Beaux Arts, Morlaix
Our painting had been included in a small museum exhibition of women artists and was illustrated in a recent book on women artists (Femme Artistes, by Sylvie Buisson), but we have been unable to identify the sitter even though it is set in a fashionable winter garden, with stained glass windows in which two coats of arms are partially visible.