Saturday, April 29, 2017

Floréal (1886)

Raphaël Colin: Floréal

Floréal is a modern painting that combines elements of several trends then in vogue. Not resort to mythological or historical issues to justify the display naked body; brushwork used for solving landscape is indebted to the bill of the Impressionists. In turn, the languor of the girl is related to the Symbolist aesthetic of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Collin expanded academic teaching he received from Bouguereau and Alexandre Cabanel in his formative years. Thus, Floréal is exemplary of the exchanges that many artists practiced in the late nineteenth century to endure the academic tradition, especially bare living, gender and many considered exhausted in difficulty.  [Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Argentina]

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