Catalogue entry

Eugène Carrière 1849-1906

T00364 Nelly Carrière c.1903

Inscribed 'Eugène Carrière' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 18 1/8 x 15 (46 x 38)
Presented by Mrs Georgette Seligman 1960
Prov: Alfred Ganse, Paris; Mrs Georgette Seligman, London

The sitter has been identified by Mme Delvolvé-Carrière (27 March 1961) as Nelly Carrière (Mme Dumesnil), the artist's third daughter, who was born in 1886. Carrière made another very similar portrait of her at the same period, which in 1961 was still in her possession. Mme Delvolvé-Carrière dated both works about 1900, but the girl looks older than fourteen and the picture is particularly close in style to certain of his studies of heads of c.1902-4. A head of Nelly Carrière, probably the other work referred to, was lent by the sitter to the Carrière memorial exhibition at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1907 and dated in the catalogue 1903.

The sale of works from the artist's studio at the Hôtel Drouot, Paris, on 8 June 1906 included about twenty-one portrait studies of this size, but this picture does not seem to have been among them. The donor wrote in 1960 that her father (Alfred Ganse) must have bought it about 1900.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.97, reproduced p.97