Portrait of a young woman in a black dress with a mauve bib adorned with a branch of lilac holding a glove in her left hand.
attributed to Auguste-Emile Durant dit Carolus-Duran (1837 - 1917)
Under the Third Republic, the Salons constituted the ideal ground for political, artistic and cultural life.
Inherited from the 18th century Salons, this is where we make ourselves known, this is where we keep abreast of the latest news. It is in these high places of Parisian social life that Auguste Emile Durant dit Carolus-Duran will evolve.
After studying at the Academy of Lille, he arrived in Paris in 1853. In 1859, he exhibited for the first time at the Salon in the company of Manet and Courbet who became his friends. Then thanks to a scholarship, he went to Italy and Spain for four years. On his return in 1866, he obtained a gold medal at the Salon.
It was from 1870 that he devoted himself mainly to the portrait following the fame acquired by his painting "the lady with the glove" (today at the Musée d'Orsay) and that honors continue to be awarded to him: Legion of Honor, member of the jury of each Universal Exhibition, member of the Academy of Fine Arts, Director of the Académie de France in Rome.
On his death in 1917, he left an important work and like his contemporaries Perignon, Dubufe or Giuseppe de Nittis, his portraits remain the testimony of a time during which the art of portrait was used to impose the triumphant image. of the bourgeoisie installed in the Monceau plain as described wonderfully by Emile Zola.
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