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La Baronne Emile D'Erlanger

ca. 1924 Romaine Brooks Born: Rome, Italy 1874 Died: Nice, France 1970 oil on canvas 41 7/8 x 34 1/8 in. (106.4 x 86.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1968.18.5 Not currently on view

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Brooks probably met Marie Rose Antoinette Catherine Robert d'Aqueria de Rochegude in exclusive social circles in Paris and London, where the wealthy sitter was an arts patron who organized Brooks's 1924 exhibition at London's Alpine Club Gallery. Brooks pairs the baroness with an uncaged ocelot, whose spotted coat and direct gaze echo the sitter's own. The animal lends an air of exoticism, sensuality, and humor to this forthright portrait.

The Art of Romaine Brooks, 2016


Animal - wildcat

Occupation - art - collector

Occupation - art - painter

Occupation - art - patron

Occupation - other - aristocrat

Portrait female - D'Erlanger, Marie Rose Antoinette Catherine - knee length


paint - oil

fabric - canvas