Marie Katherine Leslie, 1832
oil on canvas
65 x 54.2 cm
Gift of Helen A. Pigott, Ottawa, 1997
National Gallery of Canada (no. 39201)
This picture, which dates from 1832, is one of the few portraits of children executed by Antoine Plamondon during his long career. The model is presented frontally, in a close-up bust-length view. The graphic style is simple, the contours clear. Using a deliberately restrained palette, the painter has enlivened the bouffant-sleeved dress of pale, filmy satin with the green sash that encircles the waist. The finish of the work is very polished, the thin paint layer having been applied smoothly, without relief. Concerned primarily with pictorial issues, the artist has depicted the little girl as if she were a small adult.