ESSAY: Peeking interests at the art museum

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gulfwar2vetMay. 17, 12 4:13 PM

It might interest you to know, that the painting "Madame Valpinçon With Chrysanthemums" at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is of Marguerite Valpinçon, who was the wife of Paul Valpinçon (you likely already knew that part), who was a cousin of Gustave Caillebotte (this you wouldn't know). This is how Degas and Caillebotte would have met, as at one point Paul and Gustave lived just 3 blocks from one another as young adults. Jean Auguste Ingres' painting "The Valpinçon Bather" (at the Louvre since 1879) was a gift to his friend, Paul's grandfather, Augustine René Pinçon de Valpinçon, and it was named for the only family to have owned it. It was also through the Valpinçon family that Degas and Caillebotte would both meet Ingres. Ann Pinçon de Valpinçon, the sister of Augustine René Pinçon de Valpinçon, married François Jean Boissière, and became the grandmother of Alfred Caillebotte, Gustave's half-brother. Alfred and Gustave were half-brothers through their common father, Martial, but were also 3rd cousins through Alfred's mother (and maternal grandmother, Ann). My 2nd great-grandmother was born Marie Pinçon de Valpinçon and was the sister of both Ann, and Augustin René. I share more of the family story at http://www.MyFamilyJules.com. Please come for a visit.

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gulfwar2vetMay. 17, 12 4:37 PM

Oops, sorry. I got the painting locations reversed. Degas' painting of Hortense Valpinçon, daughter of Paul and Marguerite, is at the Minneapolis Museum. The one of Marguerite is in New York.

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