the Carmel

Paintings representing Thérèse

The Sleep of the Child Jesus


Celine painting

97 cm x 130 cm. 

Celine's notes in her Collection of artistic works: I had wanted to include Therese as a child. It is true that this reminder was fanciful, my goal was not to paint a portrait of Thérèse, but a painting for the Choir.

I wanted to include Therese who, in the guise of a child, called on the "little souls" to surround the sleeping Child Jesus. But I didn't manage to give him the desired resemblance... I had also tried, without success, to make the little Angels of Heaven look like my little brothers and sisters. However, little Hélène and little Marie-Joseph-Louis are somewhat recognizable. 

[There is also a resemblance to the Martin parents for the characters of Joseph and Mary. For the Child Jesus, Céline was inspired by the attributes of the lily and the grape appearing in the coat of arms of Thérèse.]

Therese at the harp


Celine painting

97 cm x 130 cm.

Adaptation of a grisaille oil painting Blanchard made in 1901 and already retouched by Céline.

Adaptation of a grisaille in oil by Blanchard produced in 1901 and already retouched by Céline.

Notes from Celine: "I made this painting entirely on my time, it took me 9 months! It was far too much for it to be well treated and fresh. How to achieve something, in painting, with sessions of one hour or less. ..? This painting of "Thérèse à la Harpe" which, in my mind, represented her inner life was not achieved to my full satisfaction, far from it!"

oval bust


Celine painting

72x90,5 inch

Notes from Celine: "Its magnificent frame was made in Tonkin, on our instructions. It was Mother Isabelle's father who gave it. It is in "iron wood". This portrait has never been photographed, I believe. It had however been much appreciated by these Gentlemen of the Tribunal and illustrated the "Articles" of Bishop de Teil, it was then reproduced in color".

Therese at the Bambino


Celine painting

Early version: 27 x 40 cm
Final version: 31 x 45 cm

Notes from Celine: "Here Therese is very similar, but in Rome they did not accept this subject and we had to destroy all the reproductions that had been made of it. This small painting is painted like the previous one, on a wooden panel, it served as a pendant. It underwent several transformations around 1913".

"In 1935, I added the most important character to the painting: the Blessed Virgin! This blessed Mother rehabilitated this composition which, thanks to her, became one of my most beautiful. She wanted, my Mistress of painting, put on my last painting... To introduce it I had to lengthen and widen the existing panel".

[The left hand of the Virgin was initially that of Thérèse. Céline added the Virgin's right hand on Thérèse's shoulder, then Thérèse's left hand taking a rose. We can see her here hard at work in the Carmel garden, with Marie du Sacré-Coeur and Mother Agnès].

Copper plate of the primitive version (27 x 40 cm).

Therese in angels


Celine painting

27x40 inch

Notes from Celine: "This little picture is painted on wood. I wanted to symbolize in it the mercy of the good God that our Saint little Thérèse revealed to us so well. Since then, it has been attributed to the thought of war because the Angel hands over his sword in the scabbard. Brother Marie-Bernard says that, in this painting, "Thérèse is well planted. But the resemblance is a bit fanciful (it's me who says that)".

Therese by Roybet


Painting by Ferdinand Roybet

"I'm going to tell you about a beautiful life-size portrait of our Thérèse, made by the most famous artist in France: Mr Ferdinand Roybet because it was for us, it costs 10.000 francs. Its value is 30.000 francs. It is Baron and Baroness Gerard who give it to us.
Thérèse is represented there standing, she is in a monastery cloister, she seems to come down from a flight of steps, she is holding roses and her Crucifix, (the same idea as what I did). We haven't seen the painting, but it seems to be a marvel. Our little saint is alive there. We will try to get you a positive, a glass in autochrome plates so that you can see it, there will be the colors on this plate.
As the halo has been placed on it (to Thérèse), it (the painting) cannot be published before the beatification. We won't have it here for several months. We will keep it at the Chapter. Later he will have his place in the chapel".

Sister Geneviève of the Holy Face to Sister Françoise Thérèse, April 8th

Note in the Collection of artistic works of Mother Agnès:
"It was our Mother who desired and had this beautiful portrait executed by the greatest artist of the time, or at least one of the most renowned.
The Baroness Gérard reserved to offer it to us and the Marquise de Balleroy gave us the frame designed by Roybet himself.
We first had to put this portrait of our Saint in the sanctuary, on the wall panel where the statue of the Sacred Heart is, above the pontifical throne (when it is erected).
(At that time the frame was not intended to rest on the floor, as it is now.)
But our Mother decided to put it in the center of the Hall of Relics, and, despite some opposition, it was so. We welcome that today. (This painting is now in the great sacristy of the Basilica)".

Expiring Therese


Painting by Céline and Pascal Blanchard

45,5 cm x 55 cm.

Notes from Celine: "In grisaille on panel. I had partly drawn it, thinking I was doing it myself, then I gave it to Mr. Blanchard to paint. He succeeded wonderfully with the hands and the body, but Thérèse's face was so bad that "the work was thought lost, because I tried in vain to get it. I remember one day when, putting down my palette and brushes, I leaned on my elbows to sob. Finally, by dint of prayers, I I managed to give the face that the photo reproduces. I also redid the ray. Finally, I do not have all the merit of this portrait".

Small Apotheosis of the Beatification


Celine painting

53x69 inch

Notes from Celine: "We had been asked in Rome to provide the model for the great Apotheosis which was to take place in the Basilica of St. Peter, on the day of the Beatification of our Saint little Thérèse. It was then that I painted the small color panel.. But they did not follow this model and raised their arms to the Blessed. We never had this Roman painting, it must have been used again for other Saints!"

Small Apotheosis of the Canonization


Painting by Céline, Marie du St Esprit and Pascal Blanchard

61 cm x 75 cm.

Notes from Celine : "We still asked for the model in Rome. I composed it and painted it in color on a small panel... This model was for the large banner of the Procession and all the large canvases that we had to lend to the Churches and the Carmels Blanchard painted 5 or 6 of them. banner from Rome to the Procession has undergone several transformations. Blanchard also worked there to dress the little Angels. It has not been used since all these alterations".

[We kept the first step: draft in wash].

Therese of Roses


Celine painting

86x65 inch

Notes from Celine : "Large nature portrait, in painting. I did it by avoiding the defects that I had noticed in the same portrait in drawing: size of the eyes and fitting of the right arm, towards the elbow. I put all my heart. One day, when it was finished, I looked at it and it seemed to me so real, so alive that I could not hold back my tears. It had seemed to me that my Thérèse was also looking at me... In my opinion, it is the most similar of all. Everything is there: delicacy and exactness of the features, complexion, expression. It is a bust, mid-body, like the other".

Therese oval bust


Celine painting

86x65 inch

Notes from Celine: "I undertook it to serve as a counterpart to Therese with roses and worked on it at the same time. It was not made for reproduction, although it has also been reproduced in color".

Mystical Canonization

1925, Painting of Sister Marie of the Holy Spirit (87 x 204 cm)

Excerpt from our chronicles: Allegorical scene made for the refectory by Marie du St Esprit, Carmelite of Lisieux (1892-1982), representing "the pontifical procession guided by the angels, carrying the Pope on the Sedia to go and proclaim the holiness of Thérèse in the immense Basilica. We saw the standard of the new saint advance and, graceful symbol in this allegory, the Carmelites of Lisieux were part of the celestial escort, holding a lily in their hands.

Teresa in Nazareth


Painting of Sister Marie of the Holy Spirit after a old Annould wash

65,5x46 inch

Sketch by Charles Jouvenot around the painting Thérèse in Nazareth by Sister Marie of the Holy Spirit - 1925 - approximately 20,5 x 15,5 each.

Certainly illustrating Céline's suggestions, these sketches present, at the top left, an adolescent Jesus (erased) and Therese standing in the doorway. Below, Marie is no longer behind the work table but on a mezzanine, with the appearance of a staircase. Bottom left, Jesus is an adult, on a free sheet to put on the sketch.

At the top right, Thérèse is kneeling in a free sheet placed on the initial sketch at the top left. In the middle right, Mary has come to join Thérèse in the foreground, Joseph looks at them and the adult Jesus is bent over his work. Below right, the whole scene is transformed into a vision that Thérèse has in her cell.

Resumption of the subject of the painting of Sr Marie du St Esprit for a fresco above the choir gate:


Fresco on mounted canvas by Pascal Blanchard, retouched by Samuel Grün

202x372 inch

Canonization of Therese


Painting of Sister Marie of the Holy Spirit

85x132 inch

Painting by the Carmelite Sister of Lisieux, Sister Marie of the Holy Spirit (1892-1982) representing the entry of Thérèse's banner into St Peter's in Rome on the day of her canonization. It was made for the feast of Mother Agnes on January 21, 1927. The meticulous artist wrote to the Vatican to obtain a photo, from which she was inspired.

Banner of 1925

After 1925

Watercolor of Sister Marie of the Holy Spirit

92 x 70 cm with frame
Subject alone: ​​42 x 35,5 cm.

Watercolor of the banner which floated at the Loggia of St Peter in Rome on April 29, 1923 and May 17, 1925.

Thérèse Patroness of the Missions


Painting of Sister Marie of the Holy Spirit

132x85 inch

Painting created by Sister Marie du Saint-Esprit, Carmelite of Lisieux (1892-1982), to illustrate the appointment of Thérèse on December 14, 1927 as Patroness of the Missions. She followed a sketch made by Charles Jouvenot.

Therese at the world map


Martini painting (?) retouched by Céline

82x66 inch

Notes from Celine: "It was an ex-voto painting of "Martini" from Italy. It was well treated, only in part. Also it needed to be redone in part as well. Thus the head of St Thérèse, then the transformed Child Jesus. I used his gesture by placing the world map in one hand, the Cross in the other. But the fact remains that this composition is not ours, I would not have designed it from the so. I also redid the roses".

Mini Therese with Roses


Celine painting

24x19 inch

Mini Therese oval


Celine painting

24x19 inch

Notes from Celine: "Thérèse aux Roses + Thérèse ovale. Two small miniature panels, for color reproduction, but they did not turn out well".

Therese at the foot of the cross


Painting of Sister Marie of the Holy Spirit

92x71 inch

Therese sacristan


Painting of Sister Marie of the Holy Spirit

41x33 inch

Small painting inspired by the gigantic celine charcoal made in 1914.

The Blessed Virgin, Saint Joan of Arc and Saint Thérèse


Painting of Sister Marie of the Holy Spirit

73x54 inch

Excerpt from our chronicles: "The three patronesses of the Fatherland: the Blessed Virgin, St Joan of Arc and our little Saint Thérèse, composition by the brush of Sr Marie du St-Esprit" [Thérèse was proclaimed secondary patroness of France on May 3, 1944] .

Therese in the cemetery


Painting of Sister Marie of the Holy Spirit

41x33 inch

Made from a creation by Sister Marie de l'Incarnation, a Carmelite from Lisieux contemporary of Thérèse, who cut out a small photo of Thérèse (n° 9) to paste it on a photo of the path leading to the enclosed cemetery.

Sainte-Therese-de-Lisieux 09

A sepia photo of the montage will be used as a gift image for Léonie's profession in 1900.