“Portrait of Beuzelin ladies”, around 1830

Large oil on canvas depicting two young girls, inscription on the back: “Portrait of Beuzelin ladies” by Madame Bullier, period gilded wooden frame.

It is important to place this portrait in the historical context because the work is very symbolic of the time.

1830-1848 is the period of the «July Monarchy» which succeeds the Restoration. It establishes the three colors of the flag, which is emphasized on the board by the blue, white, red that prevail. The monarchy is constitutional and the tricolor flag replaces the white flag of the

Restoration. Louis-Philippe 1st was the last king of the French, was close to the rich and reigned modestly. It is a bourgeois, social revolution that takes place in the minds, with parliamentary freedom, economic extension. The bourgeoisie wants to take the reins of power in an enlightened, progressive, tolerant and parliamentary way. It was inspired by England, the balanced monarchy, the English style. The Victorian era began in 1837 for 60 years. Victorian fashion, symbol of grandeur and luxury.

The bourgeoisie experienced considerable growth thanks to technical innovations. The members of this class actively participate in artistic renewal by their desire to compete with the aristocracy.
The government favors business: in particular the creation of a railway network in France, but also the development of the textile industry.

Under the July Monarchy, France experienced economic development. This is the first phase of the industrial revolution.

Circa 1930


Height with frame: 153 cm; width with frame: 119 cm

Height without frame: 127 cm; width without frame: 95 cm

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