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Lot: 34
Marie Elisabeth Boulanger. Polyptych of the Sacra

"Polyptych of the Sacraments (c. 1855)". Polyptych made in oil on table. Signed on all interior and exterior panels [ME Cavé] and [ME C] in the lower niches.


- Private collection, Spain.

Known as Madame Cavé, Marie Elisabeth Boulanger, Marie Elisabeth Blavot, or Marie Elisabeth Cavé was a prominent French painter of the 19th century.

She married her cousin, the painter Clément Boulanger (student of Ingres), and later with the art director Edmond Cavé, of whom she was widowed.

Known as Madame Cavé because of her husband''s official functions, she had contact with Ingres admirers and Eugène Delacroix, with whom she was a friend. A portrait of the former is preserved in the Metropolitan Museum in New York (Inv. Nº: 43.85.3).

After becoming a widow, she taught drawing and color and, later, reflections on the conduct and place of women in society. In 1850 he published his method for learning to draw, Le dessin sans maître, and that same year he launched his own drawing class.

Widowed in 1852, he continued his teaching and publishing activity, achieving a certain notoriety under the name of Madame Cavé, and obtaining several official commissions for ecclesiastical paintings, a period we think the current work may be dealing with.

His work is preserved in the collections of the Louvre Museum or the Magnin Museum in Dijon or the Museum of Fine Arts in Rouen. 124 x 147 cm (open)

Polyptych of the Sacraments (c. 1855)
124 x 147 cm (open)
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