The painter grabbed this beautiful lady in a casual attitude. The costume she wears and especially the mask she holds in her left hand show that she is going to a ball. The vocation of this portrait is neither to represent nor to impress but rather to sublimate the feminine beauty.
At the beginning of the eighteenth century, the art of portraiture was opened up to representations that were less formal and less academic. The painted personages often adopt natural poses not devoid of sensuality.
Our elegant wears a dress with soft pink sleeves and blue petticoat. Her bust is tight in a stomach piece of taffeta embroidered with silver threads that offers a wide neckline. The flat sleeves are made of the same stuff and end with lace engaging. Her hair is raised and tied at the back by ribbons, it is the hairstyle "à la Fontanges". This one is surmounted by blue ostrich feathers.
The portrait is presented in its beautiful period frame in carved and gilded wood. This model says "with flowers" is decorated in the angles of large flowers and foliage.
Dimensions: 80 x 63 cm with the view - 100 x 83 cm with the frame
Jean-Baptiste Santerre (Magny en Vexin 23.03.1651 - Paris 21.11.1717) is the pupil of Bon Boulogne. He illustrated himself in the art of portraiture and won a great success by freeing himself of the canons of his time and realizing female figures very free. He deliberately chooses to integrate sentiment into his portraits: a loving woman holding a letter, a joyous woman going to the ball, a dreamy or sleeping woman ... In short, he also idealizes the female inner beauty. The sensuality which some of his works exude earned him the nickname of "French Correge".
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