Young girl with her ermine muff, seated on a Louis XVI armchair, a pedestal table on her right on which is placed a plant.
Juan Antonio GONZALES (1842 - 1914)
Spanish painter born in Chiclana, a town near Cadiz, he will be a genre painter and a very good portrait painter. Pupil of Rodriguez in Cadiz and of Isidore Pils (1815-1875) in Paris. It is thanks to him that he will exhibit at the Paris Salon.
The eloquence of the clothed body takes on all its brilliance when it is magnified by the ornamentation, the colors and the clothing accessories.
At first glance, the quality of textiles or furs shape the appearance; the garment becomes the body of the body as defined by Erasmus in 1530.
Fashion accessories and trinkets will make the difference on men's and women's toilets since the Renaissance. At the court of Henri III (1574 - 1589) the sartorial polychromy is in order, whether in the agreement of the colors or in their opposition, each association being the object of a symbolism, most of the time not devoid of sensuality. It was also at this time that the sleeve became an essential accessory allowing, depending on the fur used, to show its rank.
In the 18th century painting, François Boucher painted in 1742 a woman with a sleeve now kept in the Louvre Museum, this accessory will be used by other painters and at different times: Madame Vigée-Lebrun will also use it in a of his paintings, Marie Laurencin will also use them in 1914 in one of his paintings.
125 X 106 cm with the frame