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Updated: Dec 16, 2022

Clémence ou Maria Malibran? Ernest de Saisset ou Ary Scheffer?

Quando estive no de Saisset Museum, na Califórnia, em março deste ano, fui apresentada à obra aqui publicada, cuja autoria o museu atribui a Ernest de Saisset, filho de Pedro de Alcantara Brazileiro de Saisset. Seria uma reprodução do retrato de Clémence de Saisset, mãe de Pedro e avó de Ernest. O original teria sido herdado pelo filho mais velho dela, aquele nascido no Rio de Janeiro, que também se chama Ernest (vide post Desejo), quando da morte de Clémence, em 1864.


Vale lembrar que Ernest de Saisset (o filho de Pedro) estudou por nove anos em diversas escolas de arte e ateliês de Paris, convivendo com pintores, marchands e outras figuras do mundo das artes plásticas. Existe, no acervo da família de Saisset, uma carta de Ernest (o filho de Clémence) endereçada ao irmão Pedro, na qual ele conta que o sobrinho “está, neste momento, sentado no chão da sala de estar, pintando um retrato da nossa mãe, a partir do quadro que pendurei na minha parede”.


Ontem (11 de maio de 2022), porém, fui alertada pelo leitor Acervo.Imperial de que a obra publicada no blog poderia não ser de Ernest de Saisset, mas um retrato da cantora lírica Maria Malibran (Maria Felícia Garcia Sitches, 1808-1836), pintado pelo artista Ary Scheffer (1795-1858).


Entrei imediatamente em contato com o Musée de la Vie Romantique, em Paris, onde estaria esse retrato de Maria Malibran e, também, com o de Saisset Museum, na Califórnia. Tão logo a questão seja esclarecida, darei notícias.


O lado bom dessa situação é que existe a possibilidade deste blog e do leitor Acervo.Imperial terem contribuído para a localização de uma obra de Ary Scheffer. Conforme lembra o referido museu de Paris, era comum, na época, os retratados encomendarem cópias das obras para presentear familiares. Scheffer é, também, autor de um belo retratado da princesa de Joinville, filha de D. Pedro I, que se encontra exposto no Musée de la Vie Romantique.


Dear readers, an alert!


Clémence or Maria Malibran? Ernest de Saisset or Ary Scheffer


When I was at the De Saisset Museumin California in March of this year, I was introduced to the work published here, whose authorship the museum attributes to Ernest de Saisset, son of Pedro de Alcantara Brazileiro de Saisset. It would be a reproduction of the portrait of Clémence de Saisset, mother of Pedro and grandmother of Ernest. The original would have been inherited by her eldest son, the one born in Rio de Janeiro, who was also named Ernest (see post Desire), when Clémence died in 1864.


It is worth remembering that Ernest de Saisset (Pedro's son) studied for nine years at various art schools and ateliers in Paris, interacting with painters, art dealers and other figures from the world of plastic arts. There is, in the De Saisset collection at the Sourisseau Academy or Santa Clara University Archive, a letter from Ernest (Clémence's son) addressed to his brother Pedro, in which he tells that his nephew “is, at this moment, sitting on the floor of the living room, painting a portrait of our mother, from the painting I hung on my wall”.


Yesterday (May 11, 2022), however, I was alerted by the reader Acervo.Imperial that the work published on the blog might not be by Ernest de Saisset, but a portrait of the lyrical singer Maria Malibran (Maria Felícia Garcia Sitches, 1808-1836), painted by the artist Ary Scheffer (1795-1858).


I immediately got in touch with the Musée de la Vie Romantique, in Paris, where this portrait of Maria Malibran would be, and also with the De Saisset Museum in California. As soon as the issue is clarified, I will inform you.


The good side of this situation is that there is a possibility that this blog and the reader Acervo.Imperial have contributed to the location of a work by Ary Scheffer. As the aforementioned museum in Paris recalls, it was common, at the time, for those portrayed to order copies of the works to present to family members. Scheffer is also the author of a beautiful portrait of the Princess of Joinville, daughter of D. Pedro I, which is on display at the Musée de la Vie Romantique.

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