DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 13 x 10 ins (33 x 25 cms)
SIGNATURE: Signed and dated lower left
MEDIUM: Oil with pastel highlights on panel
It appears that Le Sidaner’s portrait of his young sister is unique in his oeuvre, as records and a thorough examination of Yann Farineaux-Le Sidaner’s catalogue raisonné do not demonstrate another portrait by the artist that bears her name. It is known that earlier in his career Le Sidaner often painted portraits and figural landscapes, often with women dressed in white, and that these women were often depicted wearing white dresses as in Le Dimanche. In fact, Marguerite is shown wearing a whitish blue garment in this portrait with a wreath of flowers on the crown of her head. This circle of flowers may possibly represent the First Holy Communion of Marguerite, as traditionally young women in France would receive their First Communion during the first weekend in May with a wreath of flowers in their hair, and combined with her stoic pose again recalls Femme en prière. Allegorically, the wreath symbolizes new life, rebirth, virginity and purity.