Saturday, June 3, 2017

La Valaisane (ca. 1887)

Jules Salles-Wagner: La Valaisane

Jules Salles-Wagner was born in the south of France in 1814. He enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Nimes where he won a prix de peinture in 1839. A pupil of Paul Delaroche in Paris, he regularly exhibtied at the Salon des Artistes Francais. from 1859.

The charming subject of this painting is reminiscent of William Bouguereau in the way the artist finds beauty in everyday subjects.

It is a fine example of Salles-Wagner's ability to render feminine beauty and emotional expression in the French academic tradition. La Valaisane stands out as a particularly well-painted work which displays maternal love and compassion with the mother tenderly observing her baby who lies on her knees. [Bonham’s]

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