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Alexandre Cabanel | Samson and Delilah, 1878


Delilah, also spelled Dalila, in the Old Testament, the central figure of Samson’s last love story (Judges 16).
She was a Philistine who, bribed to entrap Samson, coaxed him into revealing that the secret of his strength was his long hair, whereupon she took advantage of his confidence to betray him to his enemies. Her name has since become synonymous with a voluptuous, treacherous woman.

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Alexandre Cabanel | Adam, study for Paradise Lost, 1867


French🎨 Academic and Classical painter Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889) was born in the city of Montpellier. He showed a proclivity for drawing at a young age, and was enrolled at the local art school in his hometown of Montpellier at the age of ten.
By 17, he was given the opportunity to study at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.
In 1844, he exhibited for the first time at the Paris Salon, and was awarded🎨 the Prix de Rome in 1845.
Following his debut, he soon became a favorite of the Paris Salon.

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Alexandre Cabanel | Ophelia, 1883


Christie's | Remaining faithful to historical and literary subjects as themes for his paintings, this work depicts perhaps the most complex and vivid of characters immortalised in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia.
Such a captivating character, she has held the fascination of artists for centuries, widely portrayed by Victorian masters in particular, such as Sir Thomas Francis Dicksee, John Everett Millais and John William Waterhouse among others.

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Paul Gauguin | Bonjour Monsieur Gauguin, 1889

Paul Gauguin | Bonjour Monsieur Gauguin, 1889 | National Gallery in Prague

Gustave Courbet, the perhaps most famous exponent of Realism in French painting, created a number of sensational paintings.
Standing out among them is the work “The Meeting or Bonjour Monsieur Courbet” of 1854, in which Courbet shows himself out wandering, whereby he encounters his patron Alfred Bruyas and his servant. Bruyas supported Courbet and purchased the large-format painting.
When it was exhibited at the Paris World Exhibition of 1855, the audacity of the painter, who presented himself with abundant self-confidence and in a much more favourable light than his patron, was not lost on spectators.

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Paul Gauguin | The Washerwomen Arles, 1888

Paul Gauguin | The Washerwomen Arles, 1888 | MoMA

In October 1888, Gauguin arrived in Arles where his friend Vincent Van Gogh had invited him to come and work.
The two artists had been writing to each other for several months, recording progress on their attempts to produce a non-naturalist landscape.

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Paul Gauguin | Young Man with a Flower behind his Ear, 1891


Originally in the collection of the great modern master Henri Matisse, Paul Gauguin's striking and evocative portrait of a young man, clad in a pink European blouse and loose cravat, with the native adornment of a small white tiaré blossom tucked over his left ear, is among the first paintings the artist completed after arriving in Tahiti in 1891.
The forthright charm of this painting stems from Gauguin's sensitive characterization of his sitter, a handsome and thoughtful man of whom the artist was clearly quite fond.

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René Gruau (1909-2004) | Fashion illustrator


Count Renato Zavagli Ricciardelli della Caminate, professionally known as René Gruau was an Italian🎨 fashion illustrator whose exaggerated portrayal of fashion design through painting has had a lasting effect on the fashion industry.
Because of Gruau's inherent skills and creativity, he contributed to a change in the entire fashion industry through the new pictures that represented the already popular designs created by designers in the industry.

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Paul Gauguin | Nature Morte Aux Mangos, 1891-93


The present work was probably executed in Tahiti during Gauguin's first trip to the Island in 1891-93, although Georges Wildenstein suggests that it may date to his second visit to the South Seas, circa 1896.
Inspired by the lush environment that surrounded him, "Nature morte aux mangos" epitomises the artist’s life-long search for the primitive and displays the same vividness and sensuous atmosphere and the bright, warm palette that characterised his celebrated Tahitian landscapes and figure paintings. | © Sotheby's