Joseph Siffred Duplessis

Monsieur de Buissy

c. 1780
Duplessis captured the spirit of the last decades of the Ancien Régime. His work is marked by a strange sense of heightened reality, as if every detail of the sitter’s appearance drew the artist’s focused attention. Tradition identifies the sitter as Pierre de Buissy (1737–1787), a noble from Picardy. He appears withdrawn and distant, a reserve appropriate to his status, and also likely a product of Duplessis’ studio practice. De Buissy would have offered the painter only a few sittings; Duplessis would then have dressed a mannequin in de Buissy’s clothes for the long, painstaking sessions that followed. Frame: running moulding with carved ornament, gilded. France, original
Title
Monsieur de Buissy
Date
c. 1780
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
116 x 88.5 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 2009
Accession number
42528