Louise Abbéma (1858-1927), French
A FAITHFUL COMPANION
Oil on canvas; signed lower right, titled to the nameplate
25.5 x 19.25 in — 64.8 x 48.9 cm
Louise Abbéma was born in Etampes and began painting very early on, taking lessons from Charles Joshua Chaplin, Jean Jacques Henner and Emile-Auguste Carolus-Duran. She first received recognition with a portrait of the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt shown at the Paris Salon of 1876.
Abbéma was an accomplished painter, sculptor, printmaker, designer and writer. She was a life-long friend and possibly lover of Sarah Bernhardt.
Sotheby's New York: Friday, June 5, 2009 [Lot 00079];
From whom purchased by the present Private Collection, London, Ontario