Large oil on canvas by Pierre Joseph Mousset (1850-1894) signed lower left.
The painting was exhibited at the Salon de la peinture, Paris 1885, under the number 1828
Provenance: By descendants of the artist's family.
Our painting is a major work of the artist.
Dimensions without frame: Length: 190cm Width: 103cm
Dimensions with frame: Length: 240cm Width: 153cm
Pierre Joseph Mousset (Paris 1850 - Saint Mandé 1894)
Born in Paris in a large family, PJ Mousset never stopped training in the world of arts, although following no artistic trend, he attended the workshops of the great masters Cabanel, William Bouguereau, Alfred Roll and Edouard Manet who will to reveal to him a new vision of the painting.
In 1860, the split between two visions of painting forced the painters to take a position between the academic stream and the new generation led by Edouard Manet.
Pierre Mousset, active actor in the world of Parisian painting, participating in the social life of Parisian big parties where poets, composers and painters synonymous with "the belle époque"; it was here that he met his future wife, the daughter of composer Jacques Offenbach.
(We also find Jacques Offenbach in the composition "Music Tuileries" by Edouard Manet.)
His appearances in painting salons were regularly successful with many awards: 1876, 1878, 1883, and 1885.
He died prematurely in 1894 when his work was enriched with success, his works have remained in the family until today.
Our painting of a young woman lying can not leave the visitor insensitive to its charms, the use of warm colors intensifies the softness and freshness of its half-naked skin, Pierre Mousset with modesty offers a masterpiece imbued with the state of mind of the beautiful era, we find the very famous female model of the time in the paintings of great painters such William Bouguereau.