Portrait of Monsieur Pool

Creation date
oil on canvas
Mark Descriptions
inscribed, signed and dated in blue paint, l.r.: a mon ami Pool / Dubois-Pillet / 1887
21-5/8 x 18-1/8 in. (canvas) 29-1/4 x 25-1/2 x 2-7/16 in. (framed)
Credit line
Susan Keckler Mallinson Art Purchase Fund
Accession number
Currently On View In
Robert H. and Ina M. Mohlman Gallery - H209

This likeness of French officer Laurent Bernard Poole is one of the earliest examples of Neo-Impressionist portraiture. The artist was his friend and fellow soldier--a self-taught painter who created only a few works in the style before dying prematurely of smallpox.

Dubois-Pillet lavished great detail on Poole's facial features, rigid posture and impeccable uniform. He wears the cross of the Legion of Honor. Poole's receipt of the award in 1886 may have been the impetus for the portrait.

The background is a Caucasian prayer rug from the artist's studio. Its intricate pattern presents a challenging use of the dotted brushwork of Neo-Impressionism.

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).
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