black and white of portrait of a young man standing in front of an open window; PL arm rests on ledge; wears buttoned up coat, high waist pants neck scarf with upturned collar; faint clouds in sky through window

Self-Portrait, c. 1804

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This self-portrait, made by a teenage Charles de Barante, attests to the skill an individual can attain when learning to draw as part of preparing for life as a gentleman. Unfortunately, Barante’s life was cut short. Not long after making this drawing, he entered a military school established by Napoleon Bonaparte, the emperor of France. A few years later, he was helping to lead a cavalry charge across the river Piave in northeastern Italy. The French infantry following behind him and his riders saw Austrian forces advancing from the opposite bank and opened fire. Barante took a bullet and fell dead on the spot.

Details
Title
Self-Portrait
Artist Life
1788–1809
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.119
Provenance
Château de Barante, Dorat (Auvergne); by descent through the artist’s family; their sale, Vassy & Jalenques, Clermont-Ferrand, France, November 5, 2016, lot 92; (Carta Fine Art, Ltd., London)
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black and white of portrait of a young man standing in front of an open window; PL arm rests on ledge; wears buttoned up coat, high waist pants neck scarf with upturned collar; faint clouds in sky through window