19th century French School, pair of large portraits by Charles Poterin Motel. Oils on canvas, signed and dated 1870 and 1872 in their original gold leaf gilt frames and the stickers of "le Salon de Paris" (1870 and 1872).
Charles Jean Baptiste Poterin Motel, born in 1815 in Paris, portraitist and student pastellist of Coignet and Bouguereau, exhibited his production at the Salon from 1847 to 1882. The Salon de Paris, said "The Salon" was the temple of the French official painting under the Second Empire.
Our portraits are an intimate work of the painter. The lady is Eugenie Roger Poterin du Motel (1839-1897), the only daughter of the painter exhibited at "le Salon" number 921 of the Salon of 1870 under the title "Portrait of Mrs. R." (Mrs. Roger, his name of wife.The young woman of 31 years is represented In a dress brightened with lace and green ribbons, she holds her fan in her hand.
The second portrait shows Captain Louis Eugène Roger (1832-1912), son-in-law of the painter, married to Eugénie Poterin of the Motel in 1864. He wears the uniform of artillery captain and the Legion of Honor. The original frame bears the number 1269 of the 1872 salon under the title "Portrait of M LR" (Mr. Louis Roger). As for his wife, this portrait reveals a real presence.
Beautiful set in a spectacular format and very representative of the way of life of the French bourgeoisie under the Second Empire. Very well executed, alive, they are really the work of a Master.
Excellent condition, paintings cleaned by our restaurateur, as well as the original frame gilded with gold leaf. No stucco missing
Many thanks to Arnaud Gouvion Saint Cyr in his Expertise to identify our portraits
Frame: 116cm x 96cm
Canvas: 101 x 76 cm
Frame: 115cm x 97,5cm
Canvas: 100,5 x 82 cm