Pair of child portraits, 19th century

Pair of children’s portraits Alexander Bida.
This pair comes from the collection of Jean-Claude Brialy, strange coincides … it was a great friend of Yveline. Jean-Claude Brialy is a French actor, director, screenwriter and writer, (1933-2007). Coming from the New Wave of French cinema, he has appeared in more than two hundred films and worked with the greatest directors: Louis Malle, Claude Chabrol, François Truffault, or Eric Rohmer, Philippe de Broca …

Orientalist painter, Alexandre Bida is a student of Eugène Delacroix. He exhibited at the Universal Exhibitions of 1855 and 1867, in 1867 he presented the drawing The Massacre of the Mamluks, evocation of the massacre of March 1, 1811 in Cairo, which is currently in the Louvre, Department of Graphic Arts. This pair of portraits is a private commission, unrelated to his work. The portrait of a child became a genre appreciated in Europe in the 16th century, it was during the Enlightenment that it developed in France. Small models are however still very often subject to the codes of the official portrait, showing them in their best educated light. The accentuated taste for more intimate representations at the end of the Ancien Régime, and the development of family feeling, thanks to the gradual decline in infant mortality, place the child at the center of the picture. From the 19th century, painters no longer sought to disguise it as an adult or a small picturesque subject, but sought its truth. The urban bourgeoisie, however, continues to strike a pose … but Bida has captured the tender melancholy of one and the gentleness of our little girl.
XIX century,
France

Height with frame: 59 cm (23,2 in); without frame: 45,5 cm (17,9 in)

Width: 51 cm (20,1 in); without frame: 37,5 cm (14,7 in)

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