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Louis Tocqué, Portrait of a Young Woman

Key facts
Full title Portrait of a Young Woman
Artist Louis Tocqué
Artist dates 1696 - 1772
Date made probably 1730s
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 79.4 × 63.5 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Emilie Yznaga, 1945
Inventory number NG5590
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
Portrait of a Young Woman
Louis Tocqué

The unidentified young woman in this portrait turns to look at us with a slight smile. Her youth is emphasised by her pale downy flesh and the bloom on her cheeks, which echoes the delicate pinks in some of the flowers with which she is garlanded.

Tocqué uses areas of textured thick white paint, known as impasto, to heighten the brightly lit parts of the oak leaf pattern of the dress. The colour palette of pearly grey, blue and green suggests the portrait is an early work painted in the 1730s, as it reflects that of Tocqué’s teacher and future father-in-law, Nattier.

It has been suggested that this young lady might be a member of the du Cambout family from Brittany. She could be one of the sisters of Pierre-Armand du Cambout, marquis de Coislin: Marie-Josèphe (born 1707) or Renée-Marguerite (born 1708), both of whom married in 1727.

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