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Portrait of Mlle. Hortense Valpinçon


Edgar Degas


c. 1871

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G351
Portrait of Mlle. Hortense Valpinçon, Edgar Degas
Portrait of Mlle. Hortense Valpinçon: Gallery Label - Current
: Institute Acquires a Degas Portrait of Mlle Hortense Valpinçon
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MyFamilyJules  March 23, 2012

I thought it might interest you to read some unpublished information about how Gustave Caillebotte joined up with Edgar Degas other Impressionists.
The Valpinçon Chateau at Ménil-Hubert-en-Exmes, in Normandie, where Edgar Degas painted many of his paintings, was first purchased in 1822 by my 2nd great-grandfather, Augustin René PINSON de VALPINÇON, who was not only the grandfather of Degas' lifelong childhood friend, Paul Valpinçon, but was ALSO the grand uncle of Alfred Caillebotte, half-brother of fellow French Impressionist artist, Gustave Caillebotte. 
Because Alfred's father married a 2nd cousin (Adèle Zoé Boissière - 1st cousin to my great-grandfather, Jules de Launay), this means that Alfred is both a 3rd cousin AND a half-brother of Gustave Caillebotte.
So, it is through Degas' friendship with Paul Valpinçon that Degas met Paul's cousin Gustave Caillebotte. But it is also through the Valpinçon family that both Degas and Gustave Caillebotte (separately) met Neoclassical painter, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. 
Ingres gave his 1808 painting, "The Valpinçon Bather", to this same Valpinçon family, and it is this Valpinçon family for whom the painting, which now hangs in the Louvre, was named. 
Degas painted Paul Valpinçon, his wife Marguerite, his daughter Hortense, and son Henri. The Valpinçon Chateau passed from Henri to his first cousin, when Henri died on 28 Oct 1942, and it remained in the family until it was sold in 1974. "The Valpinçon Bather" remained in the family until it went to the Louvre in 1879.
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Keep an eye on the links above, as I hope to have an easier to follow diagram of the relationships on the blog and FB page in the near future. Twitter updates are posted automatically. 
I am a frequent visitor to Paris for family visits and research, and although I have not been to Minneapolis in years, I would be glad to entertain any questions you have regarding the various families.  I would also entertain a visit to the MIA should you desire to meet in person.  I have not seen the portrait of Hortense in person, but look forward to doing so.
I would also like to request the contact information of whom I might contact to see any family related paintings and drawings that are not currently on display.

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