Portrait of a young man, circa 1840

“Portrait of a young man”, oil on canvas.
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. What was this young man animated by to have such a look?
Circa 1840

France

Height with frame: 34 cm (13,4 in); without frame: 23 cm (9 in)

Width with frame: 28,5 cm (11,2 in); without frame: 17,5 cm (6,9 in)

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