Oil on canvas signed and dated D.Philippe 1860 lower left.
Désiré Philippe is a painter born in 1823, pupil of Picot, he exhibited at the salon from 1848 to 1874.
The museum of Auch retains one of his paintings "The nymph Echo".
The painting is of a high quality, the drapery is soft, the light and the impression of the paintings make it a master piece for the artist.
The painting is a representation of a poem by Cattule.
Catullus was a Roman poet. According to Suetonius, he was born in Verona in Cisalpine Gaul or perhaps in Sirmio on Lake Benacus in -84. He died around -54 in Rome.
the neoclassical style is perfectly represented in this painting:
Between the whiteness of neo-classical architecture of the late eighteenth century and the chromatic sobriety favored by modernist architects in the twentieth century, the nineteenth century appears as a climax moment for architectural polychrome. This return to color was fueled by the development of archaeological studies that have, from the site of Pompeii to the Romanesque frescoes of Saint-Savin, highlighted its importance. It is up to the architect Jacques Ignace Hittorff (1792-1867) to have made polychromy a focal point of the architectural debate with his memory, violently contested by the Academy, Polychrome architecture among the Greeks (1830). Beyond archeological controversies, color is in the nineteenth century a way to renew the conception of space and architectural decor. In addition to a new ornamental fantasy, polychromy allows architects to free themselves from the classical theory of imitation and rethink the relationship between architecture and nature. Red, the primary color most commonly used in architecture, served as a guideline.
Conclusion, in this table we find everything we love in the nineteenth.
The painting is adorned with a nineteenth gilded frame with gold leaf.
Canvas of origin.