The Man Who Posed as Richelieu
The title of Robert Henri's portrait of an unnamed Paris model underscores the artifice of posing by referring to two separate personalities: the historical persona of the ruthless French cardinal Armand Jean du Plessis Richelieu (1585-1642) and that of the anonymous sitter, whose identity remains a mystery.
Oil on canvas
31 15/16 x 25 11/16 in. (81.2 x 65.3 cm)
Inscribed verso, upper right corner, in black paint: "88A/2; on top stretcher bar: "RICHELIEU"; inscribed in pencil, top stretcher bar: "The Man Who Posed as Richelieu"
Gift of Roy R. Neuberger and Museum Collection Fund
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