Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Eye Candy for Today: Greuze Portrait

Portrait of a Lady in Turkish Fancy Dress, Jean-Baptiste Greuze
Portrait of a Lady in Turkish Fancy Dress, Jean-Baptiste Greuze

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; smaller downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the LACMA.

Greuze continues to delight the eye with his soft edges and delicate rendering, underpinned by his solid draftsmanship and understanding of the geometry of the face and figure.

This appears more likely a genre painting than an actual portrait; the model’s face looks idealized; her eyes appear unfocused, or else inwardly focused on a dream.

Greuze has lavished his attention on her garments, and the array of patterns and textures that show off his skill as a painter.

 
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2 thoughts on “Eye Candy for Today: Greuze Portrait

  1. Ælle

    Greuze was the sixth of nine children’. The orange blossom branch in the left-hand of the fancy dressed lady implies a sign of good fortune.
    Another lovely painting. Thank you, Charley.

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