Let's reunite the Lasalle Couple!

Participate in the acquisition of a masterpiece for the Musée de l’Armée and reunite the portrait of the Countess of Lasalle to the one of her husband, the general Lasalle at the Invalides !

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Let's reunite the Lasalle couple!

Participate in the acquisition of a masterpiece for the Musée de l'Armée: Portrait of Comtesse de Lasalle with her daughter by Antoine-Jean Gros!

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The project at a glance

In October 2021, the Musée de l’Armée will be launching a subscription appeal to acquire the Portrait of Joséphine d’Aiguillon, Comtesse de Lasalle, with her daughter, Joséphine Charlotte, painted by Antoine-Jean Gros in 1812.

The fundraising target is set at €200,000 before February 4th 2022.

The appeal benefits from the patronage of Stéphane Bern.

Why reunite the portraits of the Countess and the General at the Invalides?

The portrait of the comtesse de Lasalle

This monumental portrait represents the Countess in full mourning clothes, alongside her daughter, in front of the bust of her deceased husband. This artwork represents the posthumous counterpart to the General’s portrait, which is already part of the museum’s collections.

Commissioned by General Lasalle’s widow the day after he died on the battlefield of Wagram, this portrait evokes, with deep tenderness, the death of a loved one, and the strength of the romantic and filial connection. It also refers to the renewed emphasis, at that time, on fallen soldiers, as well as the families they left behind.

Through the acquisition of this piece, the museum is hoping to reunite the spouses’ portraits by placing them close to each other, within its permanent exhibition, to evoke the story of the soldiers’ wives and families.

Antoine-Jean Gros (1771-1835), Portrait de la comtesse de Lasalle et de sa fille (Portrait of Comtesse de Lasalle with Her Daughter), 1812, oil on canvas, H. 250 x L. 175 cm, private collection.
Antoine-Jean Gros (1771-1835), Portrait du général Lassalle au siège de Stettin (Portrait of General Lasalle at the Siege of Stettin), 1808, oil on canvas, H. 248 x L. 175 cm © Paris - Musée de l'Armée, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais.

Stéphane Bern, patron of the subscription appeal

“Help the Musée de l’Armée to acquire this masterpiece!”

 

 

Why is the portrait of the Countess a masterpiece?

A daring and passionate couple

"I love you as tobacco smoke and the chaos of war."

These words from the General to his wife demonstrate the passion that united these two beings. Joséphine d’Aiguillon met Comte de Lasalle in 1797, in Italy, where Napoleon’s “Hussar General” distinguished himself by his heroism. At the time, she was married to General Victor Léopold Berthier, who she had three sons with. She did not hesitate to divorce him in order to marry General Lasalle on 5 December 1803. They had a daughter, Joséphine Charlotte, in 1806.

A female figure of her time

Although the legendary bravery of the General overshadowed the life of his wife, Joséphine d’Aiguillon nevertheless illustrated the women’s emancipation movement which began in the early 19th century.
By travelling, holding court, and doing what she loved in a war-torn world, she embodied the figure of an independent woman, yearning for freedom and individual happiness. The acquisition of her portrait is in line with the Musée de l’Armée’s wish to reposition women in the military history, by giving them a more prominent place. 

For the museum, this will be the first great female portrait to feature in its permanent collections.

A testament family love

The composition of the work is based on the silent dialogue between the young widow, her eyes filled with tears, and the deceased, represented in the eternal form of a marble bust. Their daughter, Joséphine Charlotte, dressed in a charming white dress, is trying to drag her mother towards life and the garden in which the Countess’ three sons, who were adopted by General Lasalle after their father died, are located.

This portrait is a tenderly expression of the strength of the emotional bonds affected by the Napoleonic campaigns, which left many families in fear and mourning. The Musée de l’Armée wishes to give them a greater space within its rooms to illustrate this other aspect of the war.

A masterpiece of the First Empire

This portrait, a masterpiece of First Empire painting, is remarkable for its treatment of the flesh tints and textures: velvets, astrakhan, lace, as well as marble demonstrate the attention to detail and the influence of Flemish artists. The work also captures the audience’s attention through its grace by displaying the beauty of the two female figures, whilst expressing their feelings with restraint. This is a distinguishing feature of the artist, the painter of both portraits, that of the Countess and of General Lasalle, who also happened to be one of the couple’s friends.

Antoine-Jean Gros, a patriot and strong supporter of Napoleon, was one of the great painters of that period. Although he put his art at the service of the Empire, he nevertheless did not hesitate to convey suffering and sorrow.

Discover all the secrets of the portrait of the comtesse de Lasalle by clicking on the icons below. 

 

 

 

Why participate?

Participating in the subscription means supporting the Musée de l’Armée in its acquisition project which aims to enrich its collections, and thereby enabling both portraits to be reunited within a tour which evokes the place of the fighters’ wives and families.

This will be the first great female portrait to feature in the public collections of the Musée de l'Armée. Beyond the beauty of the work, this portrait will embody the Musée de l'Armée will to give a greater space to women, spouses and families in the military history.

The donations collected will permit to the Musée de l'Armée to acquire this exceptionnal portrait. Every additional donations will be used to restore the canvas and to install the Countess portrait near her husband within the permanent exhibition dedicated to the First Empire. 
 

How to make a donation?

  • By credit card: Go on ulule.com 
     
  • By cheque: please send cheques made out to the « Agent comptable du musée de l’Armée » with your donation form to: 

         Mission Mécénat
         Musée de l'Armée - Hôtel national des Invalides
         129 rue de Grenelle
         75007 Paris 

  • By bank transfer: ask Mission Mécénat (mecenat@musee-armee.fr / +33(0)1 44 42 38 81)


Tax Benefits

The Musée de l’Armée, as a public institution, is authorised to receive tax-deductible donations.

If you are an individual patron
You will benefit from an income tax reduction of 66% of the amount donated, limited to 20% of your taxable income. If you exceed this limit, you will be able to transfer the excess to the next five financial years.

If you are a company
For all patronage donations to the Musée de l’Armée, your company will benefit from a corporate tax reduction of 60% of the amount donated, limited to 0.5% of the turnover. If you exceed this limit, you will be able to transfer the excess to the next five financial years.

If you are a European or an American donor
Ask Mission Mécénat : mecenat@musee-armee.fr / +33(0)1 44 42 38 81.

 

 

Benefits

The Musée de l'Armée offers to you several benefits: aknowledgment, donor's diploma with your name and your donor's rank, unique experience at the Invalides and other exclusive benefits to be discovered over the appeal!

Donor Officer Cadet (From €5): Acknowledgement on the website’s wall of patrons and on the thank you panel

Donor Lieutenant (From €20):

  • Acknowledgement on the website’s wall of patrons and on the thank you panel
  • Donor diploma with your name (digital version)
  • E-mail signature

Donor Captain (From €50):

  • Acknowledgement on the website’s wall of patrons and on the thank you panel
  • Donor diploma with your name (printed version) 
  • E-mail signature
  • I admission ticket to visit the permanent collections

Donor Major (From €100):

  • Acknowledgement on the website’s wall of patrons and on the thank you panel
  • Donor diploma with your name (printed version)
  • E-mail signature
  • Group guided tour for I person during opening hours

Donor Colonel (From €500):

  • Acknowledgement on the website’s wall of patrons and on the thank you panel
  • Donor diploma with your name (printed version)
  • E-mail signature
  • Group guided outside of opening hours for 2
  • Invitation to a private event

Donor General (From €1,000):

  • Acknowledgement on the website’s wall of patrons and on the thank you panel
  • Donor diploma with your name (printed version)
  • E-mail signature
  • Group guided outside of opening hours for 2 followed by a glass of champagne
  • Invitation to a private event

Donor Marshal (From €5,000):

  • Acknowledgement on the website’s wall of patrons and on the thank you panel
  • Donor diploma with your name (printed version)
  • E-mail signature
  • Private group guided outside of opening hours for 2 followed by a glass of champagne
  • Invitation to a private event
Contact

Mission Mécénat

Téléphone : + 33 (0)1 44 42 38 81 / +33 (0)1 44 42 32 72

Courriel : mecenat@nullmusee-armee.fr