A lady in her evening red gown, seated in her boudoir, in front of a landscape and heavy blue velvet curtains. The details of the different fabrics are beautifuly done (velvet, silk and lace…). On her left, a bouquet still life, and on her right, her drawing material and drawings album, on the table that bears the artist’s signature and execution date ‘J.L.Dulong, 1837’.
Jean-Louis Dulong (1800-1868) pupil of Gros and Abel de Pujol. In 1844 he obtained a third class medal. At the Salon he exhibited from 1833 to 1868. This artist has touched a little on all genres. We quote from these paintings “Napoleon and the Champenoise,” Embassy of the King of France to Pope Sixtus IV, “Marie-Antoinette at the Consièrgerie, questioned by Saint-Just and Lebas.
Our picture is painted at the time of the “July Monarchy” (1830-1848) which establishes the tricolor after the white flag of the Restoration which is underlined by the blue, white, red which prevail on the table. The monarchy is constitutional, balanced, in the English style. It is the bourgeois, social revolution. The bourgeoisie is experiencing considerable growth thanks to technical innovations. Members of this class actively participate in artistic renewal through their desire to compete with the aristocracy. This portrait takes an objective look at the bourgeois woman of her time. The painter transcribes the issues and conventions of his daily life, through his clothing – a reflection of the fashion at the time and above all the attribute of appearing. Its often unproductive but always symbolic occupations (such as painting) and its interior are indicative of her duty and her qualities as hostess. In 1837, Victorian clothing fashion began, a symbol of grandeur and luxury. In the evening we show off the large neckline, ruffles and lace ribbons with the skirt swollen with horsehair, flowers and jewels in abundance.
Height: 51.1 in.
Width: 51.1 in.
Depth: 0,8 in.