26/03/16

Edgar Degas | Sulking, 1870 | Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City


Two well-known personalities in the art world, the writer Edmond Duranty and model Emma Dobigny, posed for this early genre scene by Degas, set in an office, possibly a small bank. From the faithfully copied British racing print to the stylishly attired female protagonist, it recalls the work of fellow artist James Tissot. Yet for all the exacting detail, the subject of this picture remains elusive. The model's elegant visiting dress, curiously worn without a hat, and the informality of her pose may suggest a familial or intimate relationship, but Degas offers faint clue as to the cause of his sulking.

Marie Elisabeth Giese | Berlin Potsdamer Platz by night, 1930


Jules-Joseph Lefebvre | Graziella, 1878


Winner of the coveted Prix de Rome in 1861, Jules-Joseph Lefebvre fulfilled his early promise both as a painter of meticulously executed portraits and nudes and as a teacher: during his long career, he earned three Salon medals, was appointed to the French Academy of Fine Arts, and attained the rank of Commander in the Legion of Honor.
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe commissioned Graziella in 1878. It depicts the heroine of Alphonse de Lamartine’s popular tale of the same name, which was first published in 1849. The story revolves around the narrator’s love for the beautiful daughter of a Neapolitan fisherman. Lefebvre portrayed her mending a fishing net as she gazes over her shoulder toward the distant simmering profile of Mount Vesuvius. | © The Metropolitan Museum of Art


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22/03/16

Paul Cézanne | The Card Players, 1890-1892


Paul Cezanne | The Card Players, 1892-1895


Cornelis Bisschop | A Young Woman and a Cavalier, 1660


Cornelis Bisschop (1630-1674) was an Dutch painter, active in Dordrecht. In c. 1650 he was a student of Ferdinand Bol in Amsterdam. In 1653 he was back in Dordrecht, set up his studio and married Geertruyt Botland. The couple had twelve children. Shortly before his death, Bisschop was invited by the King of Denmark to become his court painter.

Édouard Manet | Young Lady, 1866



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