Portrait of a Man Artist: Joseph Vivien (French, 1657–1734)


Prints and Drawings

Joseph Vivien was the first artist to exhibit large-scale pastels that imitate oil paintings, works that were intended to be glazed, framed, and displayed like paintings. He gained international recognition for the verisimilitude that he achieved in these pastels and enjoyed a career as a court painter in Germany. Many of his portraits were widely known through reproductive engravings. The identity of the sitter in this drawing is unknown, but based on the fashion of multiple ribbon bows behind a lace cravat, the portrait can be dated to the late 1680s or early 1690s, and it may be Vivien’s earliest extant work.


Pastel on blue-gray paper, mounted on wood panel


framed: 30 × 25 in. (76.2 × 63.5 cm)

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Gift of Edward B. Greene, B.A. 1900, in memory of Emerson Tuttle, B.A. 1914, M.A. (Hon) 1930

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17th century


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With the dealer Adolphe le Goupy, probably early 20th century; Edward B. Greene, Cleveland
  • Lisa Hodermarsky, Suzanne Boorsch, and John J. Marciari, Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2006), 6, 28, 29, 31n.13, 178–79, no. 58, ill
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Label on verso: [J]oseph Vivien/Lyon (Rhone) en 1657/ [B]onn, pres Cologne en 1735

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