Woman reading
Reproduction French 19th century Louis XVI Revival frame, with matt and burnished water gilding
Excellent condition
Mme Fleury’s teacher, Carolus Duran, was a portraitist who rejected the conservative teaching of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, sympathizing with the style and technique of his friend Manet; he infused his students with his own radical approach, including Fanny Fleury, whose best work can hint that she emerged from the same stable as Sargent. Her portraits and figure paintings are generally realistic and occasionally romanticized, but those which stand out are the compositions based – like this one – on carefully considered colour harmonies. The present picture is a tranquil image in which the nominal subject becomes the excuse for the interplay of shades of blue, mauve and silver, offset with touches of terracotta and green. The unconsciousness of the viewer in the model emphasizes the fact that this is not a portrait in the sense of a representational likeness, but decorative arrangement which looks towards the work in England of Albert Moore and Whistler.
Height 61.60 cm (24.25 inches)
Width 43.50 cm (17.13 inches)
External Height 81.30 cm (32.01 inches)
External Width 62.90 cm (24.76 inches)
Oil on canvas
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