Monsieur Coulon's dancing class


Monsieur Coulon's dancing class

1879 United Kingdom

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Fine antique French 19th Century frame with laurel leaf-&-berry and bead mouldings, original water gilding
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Ludovici mentions this work (or possibly the oil painting for which this may be a study) in his memoirs, An Artist’s Life in London and Paris, 1870-1925, London 1926, p.70: ‘In 1878 I was elected a member of the Society of British Artists. A picture I had just completed of Mr Coulon’s dancing class had been seen by several members of that Society, who informed me that if I would exhibit the picture they would make me a member. This picture and its companion, Signor Cruvelli’s singing class, were afterwards reproduced… by etching… The dancing class was well noticed in the papers, and was, I may say, a success.’ Ludovici’s father, Albert senior (1820-94), also produced a number of similar costume pictures, set in 18th century ballrooms and drawing-rooms. A related work by Ludovici junior is Jousting on the river of 1884, a highly-finished oil painting of a couple in 18th century dress. Monsieur Coulon’s dancing class is a more spontaneous study, its pastoral setting sketchily suggested, the focus being on the complex, Watteau-esque group of interwoven dancers. A contemporary note is struck by the foreground spectators, cut off by the borders in the manner of Degas and Caillebotte.
Height 35.60 cm (14.02 inches)
Width 53.30 cm (20.98 inches)
External Height 62.50 cm (24.61 inches)
External Width 81.00 cm (31.89 inches)
s. & d. 1879 on verso
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