Monday, March 31, 2014

Portrait of Louis-François Bertin (1832)

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres: Portrait of French journalist Louis-François Bertin

More about Bertin here. Among other things, he is credited with the invention of the feuilleton, a supplement to the political section of a newspaper, usually in smaller type, which carried gossip, fashion, criticism, epigrams and charades, and which fostered a culture of literary gamesmanship.
A portrait of the same gentleman from thirty years prior to the above is shown below.
 François-Xavier Fabre: Portrait de Louis-François Bertin (1803)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Act of Courage of Monsieur Defontenay (1832)

Louis Léopold Boilly: Act of Courage of Monsieur Defontenay, 
Mayor of Rouen, 29th August 1792

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Marriage of Léopold I, King of Belgium

Joseph-Désiré Court: Marriage of Léopold I, King of Belgium, 
and Louise d’Orléans, 9 August 1832

The event was in 1832; the painting (undated as far as I know) likely is later.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Return from Elba (1831)

Louis Garneray: Return from Elba, 28th of February 1815

The brig Inconstant, under Captain Taillade and ferrying Napoleon to France, crosses the path of the brig Zéphir, under Captain Andrieux. Inconstant flies the tricolour of the Empire, while Zéphir flies the white ensign of the Monarchy. Soldiers of the Imperial Guard are crouching on deck while Napoleon stands fore of the main mast.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Cromwell before the Coffin of Charles I (1831)

Paul Delaroche: Cromwell before the Coffin of Charles I

This incident never happened - Delaroche painted an urban legend.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Marriage Contract in Italy (1831)

 Guillaume Bodinier: The Marriage Contract in Italy

 This painting is confusing to me. Is the couple circled below the ones getting married (she looks a little young)?

Or is the lady circled here the one getting married to the young man at right? If so, then who is the young woman next to him?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Byron as Don Juan, with Haidee (1831)

Alexandre-Marie Colin: Byron as Don Juan, with Haidee

This painting cleverly depicts Lord Byron as a character in one of his own works.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Attack of Algiers by Sea, 29 June 1830

Théodore Gudin: Attack of Algiers by Sea, 29 June 1830

This painting depicts the French invasion of Algeria, undertaken by Charles X in an attempt to divert attention from his unpopularity in the domestic sphere. Although the invasion succeeded and the French took Algeria (which they only relinquished in 1961, after a bloody and nasty war), it didn't save Charles, who was deposed in the July Revolution which has been depicted in a number of recent paintings here.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Little Patriots (1830)

And the Revolution of 1830 continues...

Philippe-Auguste Jeanron: The Little Patriots

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Battle for the Town Hall, 28 July 1830

Continuing with the Revolution of 1830, we have this:

Jean-Victor Schnetz: The Battle for the Town Hall, 28 July 1830

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Paris Revolution (1830)

Nicholas-Edward Gabé: Paris Revolution

Another depiction of the same conflict as shown, more allegorically, in yesterday's painting.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Liberty Leading the People (1830)

Eugène Delacroix: Liberty Leading the People

Here, of course, is one of the most iconic images in all of 19th century French art. It commemorates the July Revolution of 1830, which toppled King Charles X of France. A woman personifying Liberty leads the people forward over the bodies of the fallen, holding the flag of the French Revolution – the tricolor flag which is still France's flag today – in one hand and brandishing a bayonetted musket with the other. The figure of Liberty is also viewed as a symbol of France and the French Republic known as Marianne.

Some links with more analysis of this work:

Cry Freedom (The Guardian)


SmartHistory (video)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Loge During a Day of Free Entertainment (1830)

Louis Léopold Boilly: Loge During a Day of Free Entertainment

He really seems to have done intensive study of facial expressions.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Study of Olympe Pelissier as Judith (1830)

Horace Vernet: Study of Olympe Pelissier as Judith

A stunning portrait of a daunting Amazon.

Monday, March 3, 2014

La Danse Improvisée (ca. 1830)

Jean-Alphonse Roehn: La Danse Improvisée

Roehn's introduction to art came from his father, Adolphe-Eugène-Gabriel Roehn (1780-1867), who survived him by three years and was a successful genre painter, recording both domestic life and contemporary events and also producing a handful of troubadour paintings and many portraits. Jean-Alphonse initially had higher ambitions. He left his father to enter the École des Beaux Arts at the age of fourteen, joining the studios of Regnault and Baron Gros. Although his first exhibited works were ambitious religious subjects (for the Church of Saint Thomas Aquinas) by 1827 he had abandoned such elevated themes for more prosaic subjects from every day life. Throughout his long career he exhibited at the Salon almost annually, showing the occasional portrait or history painting but concentrating primarily on genre subjects.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Death Knell (1830)

Jean-Charles Develly: The Death Knell

Jean-Charles Develly was a French painter and draftsman, best known for his paintings on porcelain.