French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
© artiste : public domain

PIGALLE, Jean-Baptiste
Paris 1714 - Paris 1785

Bustes de deux soeurs : Mme Adélaïde Julie Mirleau de Neuville, née Garnier d'Isle
Busts of Two Sisters: Mme Adélaïde Julie Mirleau de Neuville, née Garnier d'Isle


49,5 x 29 x 23,5

N° d'inv. : 98.SA.169.2
Credit Line : The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California, The J. Paul Getty Museum


  • Paris, Galerie Patrice Bellanger


  • Museum's website, 22 March 2012 and August 7, 2018


  • 2018-2019 Washington
    Unseen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar, Washington, D.C., National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, March 23, 2018-January 27, 2019

Oeuvres en rapport

Voir le portrait de l'autre soeur : Mme Brigitte François Elisabeth de Lansire, née Garnier d'Isle, 98.SA.169.1.


Museum's website, 22 March 2012 and August 7, 2018:
These marble portrait busts were not intended as a pendant pair, but when displayed together they reveal a family resemblance--these are sisters. The elder, Brigitte Garnier d'Isle, alert and dignified, turns to her left with a far-off gaze. The younger Adélaïde very much resembles her elder sister, but her gaze is more immediate, her face more exuberant and her pursed lips seem to barely suppress a grin. Each sister displays a fashionable hairstyle, composed of tight waves of hair, and wears a loose shawl. Adélaïde's slightly more revealing drapery is knotted at her breast, reflecting her relative informality.
Brigitte and Adélaïde were the daughters of the architect Jean-Charles Garnier d'Isle, who shared a personal and professional relation with the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle. Garnier d'Isle designed the château and gardens of the lavish Bellevue estate of Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV. Probably on the recommendation of Garnier d'Isle, Pigalle was commissioned to create garden statues at Bellevue. Garnier d'Isle clearly admired Pigalle's intimate and unembellished portrait style. He himself sat for a portrait that Pigalle exhibited, as a plaster bust, at the Salon of 1750.