Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Madame Proudhon (1865)

Gustave Courbet: Madame Proudhon

The Portrait of Madame Proudhon evokes the thinker’s companion and merits an in-depth study. Her pose, with head bent and slightly turned, as well as her furtive look do not correspond to the stereotyped model found in many other portraits. The crimped hairdo, with amazingly delicate blues by this master from Ornans, is more than just the adornment of a philosopher’s wife or a bourgeoise, and appears as an accessory whose meaning is both obvious and dissembling at the same time. [The Art Tribune]

The lady's husband and children were also painted by Courbet.

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