Seated Portrait of Marie-Philippe-Claude Walbonne (circa 1796). François Gérard (French, Neoclassical, 1770–1837). Oil on panel. Louvre.
Walbonne was the first wife of the painter Jacques-Luc Barbier.
Praised for their naturalism and brilliant characterizations, Gérard’s portraits gained Napoleon’s attention and court favor rivaling even David. For historical and mythological subjects, Gérard based his style on David’s Neoclassicism but infused it with a dreamlike quality.