Laetitia Doumichaud – The Conversation – Circa 1890


Laetitia Honorine Anna Antoinette Doumichaud de la Chassagne-Grosse was a French painter, miniature sculptor and ceramist. Born in Henrichemont (Cher, Centre-Val de Loire) on September 12, 1865, she was the only daughter of the 3 children born to police commissioner Bertrand Doumichaud (also known as “de la Chassagne”), and Eulalie Léonie Siguret, a school teacher. Following the death of her father at age 5, the family moved to Paris. She studied at the Académie Julian, a student of Jules Lefebvre, Bouguereau, Gabriel Ferrier, Flameng and Marcel Baschet. A long-standing member of the Salon des Artistes Français where she began exhibiting in 1897, she also exhibited regularly at the Salon de l’École française, the Salon d’Horticulture and at the Salon des Independants in 1923 and 1924. A painter of portraits, nudes, still lifes and flowers, she also excelled in the art of pastel. She had classical tendencies tinted with impressionism. Her painting was a strongly influenced by artists such as Odilon Redon, Mary Cassatt and Degas, with whom she coincided in various exhibitions. She died in Paris in 1936.

This painting depicts two nuns inside a convent sitting and talking face to face. The outline and technique of this painting have clearly been influenced of the symbolist painter Redon, in terms of the religious theme and also in the use of colour.

There are signs of a signature in the lower left corner and a Doumichaud signature on the back of the canvas, as well as a handwritten annotation on the stretcher “Doumichaud Chassagne-Grosse”.

Artist: Laetitia Doumichaud de la Chassagne-Grosse (1865-1936).
Signed in lower left corner and on back.
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Condition: Very good condition, recent cleaning.
Dimensions : 41 x 33 cm. / 16 x 13 in.
Frame: 55 x 47 cm. / 21.5 x 18.5 in. Gilt wood and stuco, end of the 19th century.
Provenance: France.


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