Portrait of Monsieur Pool

Albert Dubois-Pillet (French, 1846-1890)

Currently on View in H209
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  • This sober likeness of French officer Laurent Bernard Pool is one of the earliest examples of Neo-Impressionist portraiture. The artist lavished great detail on Captain Pool’s facial features and impeccable uniform. Pool wears the cross of the Legion of Honor; his receipt of the award in 1886 was probably the inspiration for the portrait.
  • Dubois-Pillet was Pool’s friend and fellow soldier—a self-taught painter who created only a few works in the style before dying of smallpox.
  • The background is a Central Asian prayer rug from the artist’s studio. Its intricate pattern presents a challenging application of Neo-Impressionism’s dotted brushwork.

Dedicated and offered to Capitaine Pool by the artist in 1887;{1}by descent within the Pool family until 2001; Brett Ross of (Vintage Posters Only , Melbourne, Australia);{2} purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2002 (2002.77).

{1} Dubois-Pillet showed this painting in the Société des Artistes Indépendants exhibition of 1887 as no. 146; see Lily Bazalgette, Albert Dubois-Pillet, s vie et son oeuvre (1846-1890), Villejuif 1976, pp. 98-99, 162.
{2} See correspondence between Brett Ross and IMA in April 2002 in IMA Historical File (2002.77).

Object Information

Albert Dubois-Pillet (French, 1846-1890)
creation date
oil on canvas
21-5/8 x 18-1/8 in. (canvas)
9-1/4 x 25-1/2 x 2-7/16 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
inscribed, signed and dated in blue paint, l.r.: a mon ami Pool / Dubois-Pillet / 1887
accession number
credit line
Susan Keckler Mallinson Art Purchase Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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