Portrait of Nency Destouches
Auguste Jean Baptiste Vinchon (French, 1789-1855),
Portrait of Nency Destouches, 1829.
Auguste-Jean-Baptiste Vinchon’s Portrait of Nency Destouches (1829) was acquired in January 2011 during the High's annual Collectors' Evening event for the Museum’s European art collection. A mentee of Jacques-Louis David, Vinchon (1789–1855) maintained a level of success during his lifetime that rivaled his contemporaries Eugène Delacroix and Théodore Géricault. Landscape paintings dominate his early career, and in 1819 he expanded his subject matter to include portraiture and historical scenes.
Portrait of Nency Destouches most likely depicts the daughter of architect Louis Nicholas-Marie Destouches. Vinchon’s skill is evident in the way he uses light to illuminate Nency’s angelic cheeks, rosy lips and glowing skin. This portrait is the first work by Vinchon to be acquired by the High and expands the Museum’s collection to fuller illuminate the era of French Romanticism. Other examples of Vinchon’s works are in the collections of the Musée du Louvre and the Château de Versailles.