Louise Kugler (Bourdon)
(active 1789 – c. 1810)
Portrait of an Elegant Young Man
Signed lower right
Pastel on paper, 19.9 x 17.1 cm
Private collection, the Netherlands
A portrait miniature – usually executed in gouache, watercolor, or enamel – developed out of the techniques of the miniatures in illuminated manuscripts, and were popular among sixteenth century elites, mainly in England and France, and spread across the rest of Europe from the middle of the eighteenth century. Although miniature painting was considered an artistic occupation well suited to women, relatively few female miniaturists are known before the eighteenth century. Louise Kugler, born Bourdon, was previously the wife and pupil of Jean Baptiste Weyler. She exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1802-1812. Her work is part of the collection of the Cognac-Jay Museum, the Louvre and the Museum of Geneva.