GREUZE, Jean-Baptiste
(b. 1725, Tournus, d. 1805, Paris)

Portrait of Madame de Courcelles at Her Toilette

c. 1765
Oil on canvas, oval, 81 x 65 cm
Private collection

The oval format of this portrait was a frequent choice by Greuze when painting half length figures; attention could be concentrated on the face and hands and it served to compliment the curves of the human figure. Of Mme de Courcelles herself we know nothing; although an ancient family, its members at this date seem not to have held any positions of importance in the civil or military service of the Crown.