Portrait of a young man, circa 1830

Oil on canvas “Portrait of a young man”, original frame.
In the 19th century, the attention of the artist, and therefore of the viewer, focused on the face, whose expression, gaze, smile or pout reveal the deep character of the model. The ornaments, the attributes and the decorations of the portraits of the 18th century lose importance, the formats find smaller dimensions and allow the gaze to focus on the central character of the painting, it is particularly remarkable in this portrait which shows above all, the interior being of the model, an “inhabited” man whose soul continues to question us. His feelings are still palpable and keep their mystery.

This man’s ambivalence is particularly noticeable in his gaze, so vulnerable on one side, so piercing on the other. It is in this subtle way that the painter underlines the complexity of this man … beware of the sleeping water!
Around 1830,
France

Height with frame: 48 cm (18,9 in); without frame: 31,5 cm (12,2 in)

Width: 44,5 cm (17,5 in); without frame: 27,5 cm (10,8 in)

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