22 (Breeskin 35)
Portrait of Mme Cortier
Alternate title(s): Ida; Madame Cordier; Madame Cortier; Madame Cortier (Ida); Mme Cordier; Mme Cortier; Portrait de femme; Portrait de femme (Mme Cordier); Portrait de Mme Cordier; Portrait of a Lady; Portrait of Mme Cartier [sic]; Portrait of Mme Cortier (Ida)
Oil on panel
19 x 15 3/4 in. (48.26 x 40.01 cm)
Inscribed upper left: M.S[.] Cassatt/Rome/1874
Last known when offered at Sotheby's, New York, 1993

provenance / ownership history
Durand-Ruel, Paris, c. 1918
to Durand-Ruel, New York, by 1920
Galerie Charpentier, Paris, June 16, 1959, #40, ill., as Mme Cordier, possibly consigned by Durand-Ruel
Stephen Higgons, Paris, by 1965
Parke-Bernet, New York, May 12, 1965, #10, ill., as Portrait de femme (Mme Cordier)
to Mrs. M. Lowell Harmon
A.C.A. Heritage Galleries, by 1968
Andrew Crispo, New York, 1968
to Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco, 1968
Private foundation, California
consigned to Sotheby's, New York, May 12, 1993, #155, ill., as Portrait de Madame Cordier

exhibition history
1920 Durand-Ruel NY: #5, as Portrait de femme
1923--24 Corcoran DC: #113, as Portrait of a Lady
1931 McClees PA: #5, as Portrait de femme (Mme Cordier)
1938 Durand-Ruel NY: #3, as Portrait de femme (Mme Cordier)
1939 Haverford PA: #10, ill., as Madame Cortier, lent by Durand-Ruel Gallery
1947 Wildenstein NY: #1, ill., as Portrait of Mme Cortier, lent by Durand-Ruel
1953 Marlborough London: #1, ill., as Madame Cordier
1968 Maxwell SF: #42, ill., as Portrait of Madame Cordier
1973--74 Newport CA: #1, ill., as Portrait of Mme Cortier, lent by Maxwell Galleries Ltd., San Francisco
n.d. Maxwell NY: no #, ill., as Portrait of Mme Cortier

published references
NY Times 1920: p. 83, as "head of a . . . middle aged woman"
NY Times Magazine 1923b: p. SM10, as Portrait of a Lady
Valerio 1930: pl. 1, ill., as Portrait de femme
Grafly 1931: p. 7, as Portrait de femme
Brinton 1939: n.p., ill., as Portrait of Madame Cortier
Richter 1939: p. 9, as "Mme Cortier"
Coates 1947: pp. 94, 96, as "portrait of a Mme Cortier"
Reed 1947: p. 16, as "portrait of Mme Cortier"
Breeskin 1948: pp. 11, 12, as "Madame Cortier"
Art News 1953: p. 55, as Mme Cordier
Illustrated London News 1953: p. 73, ill., as Madame Cordier
Hyslop 1954: p. 180, as Madame Cortier
Sweet 1966: p. 31, as "Madame Cortier"
Burlington 1968: pl. 74, ill., as Portrait of Mme Cortier
Lowe, D. 1973: p. 21, as Madame Cortier
Pickvance 1973: p. 745, as "Mme Cortier (No. 35)"
Boyle 1974a: p. 107, as Portrait of Madame Cortier (mistakenly described as 1874 Salon picture)
Breeskin 1979: pp. 12--13, as "a portrait of a young Madame Cortier"
Roudebush 1979: pp. 13, 91, as Portrait of Madame Cortier
Love 1980: p. 13, as Madame Cortier (Ida)
Pollock 1980: pp. 9, 28; p. 77, ill., as Portrait of Mme Cortier
Rubinstein 1982: p. 132, as Ida
Wiser 1991: pp. 44, 46, as Mme Cortier
Constantino 1995: p. 8, as Portrait of Mme Cartier [sic]
Pollock 1998: p. 100, as Madame Cortier


Durand-Ruel appears to be the source of the identification of this portrait as Madame Cordier, though no additional information has yet emerged about the sitter. (Breeskin spelled the name "Cortier," but Durand-Ruel records use "Cordier.")

Though somewhat larger than the tiny Portrait of Madame Sisley, the Portrait of Mme Cortier is similar in style and conception, a quickly brushed head of a woman set against a dark background.[1] Inscribed "M. S[.] Cassatt/Rome/1874," the Cordier portrait must have been completed before mid-June 1874, when Cassatt arrived in Paris after leaving Rome.


[1] Portrait of Madame Sisley measures 7 x 5 1/2 inches; Portrait of Mme Cortier measures 19 x 15 3/4 inches.

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