Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Zélie (Jeanne-Zélie-Melodie Courbet, 1828-1875)

Zélie (Jeanne-Zélie-Melodie Courbet, 1828-1875)

Gustave Courbet, French, 1819 - 1877

Made in France, Europe

c. 1850

Crayon with wash on paper

Sheet: 12 3/4 x 8 inches (32.4 x 20.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Henry P. McIlhenny Collection in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 1986

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Jeanne-Zélie-Melodie Courbet, the second of the artist's three sisters, appears in several of his compositions. Often in fragile health, she was the most reserved and pious member of his family--qualities that Gustave Courbet captured in this direct, gentle, luminous portrait.