Madam la Duchesse De Brissac Wearing an Evening Dress1945 by Bernard Boutet De Monvel

Boutet de Monvel earned much of his contemporary fame for his photorealistic society portraits. The chic Duchesse de Brissac, née armaments heiress Marie-Zélie Schneider, sat for the artist in 1945 at his Paris home wearing a silk dress and emeralds and leaning against a lacquered cabinet.

Bernard Boutet de Monvel realized a first, larger, version of this portrait for the Brissac family castle in 1945 (kept at the Château de Brissac). The duchesse de Brissac, born Marie Schneider, was a wealthy heiress. (
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