MATHILDE BONAPARTE (French / 1820-1908)

Mathilde Laetitia Wilhelmine Bonaparte, usually referred to simply as Princesse Mathilde, was the daughter of Napoleon's brother, Jérôme Bonaparte, King of Westphalia, and his second wife, Catherina of Württemberg (a first cousin of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia). She was born in Trieste, but raised in Florence and Rome. She studied art with the Giraud brothers, and with Ernest Hébert, and exhibited at the Salon de Paris between 1859 and 1867, winning a medal of the third class in 1865. She painted portraits, interiors, and oriental scenes, often in watercolour. In the Second Empire, Princesse Mathilde was a prominent Society hostess in Paris. Speaking of her uncle Napoleon Bonaparte to Marcel Proust at this period, Mathilde said, "If it weren't for him, I'd be selling oranges in the streets of Ajaccio."

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Profil perdu, 1866

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