Sunday, 26 August 2012

Édouard Joseph Dantan and Portrait

'Portrait' (c.1880) by Édouard Joseph Dantan; no location found

Today's painter is Édouard Joseph Dantan, a French artist who was born on 26 August 1848. He painted in the Academic tradition and is most known for his depictions of sculpture studios. He was born into an artistic family of sculptors but chose the art of painting himself. Sculpture would still play a big part in his life. He studied art in Paris and had already exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1869 when a year later he volunteered to fight in the Franco-Prussian War. After the war he reached the peak of his career with interior scenes of a sculptor at work, a subject that was very close to home for him. At a later stage, his work became less popular because of its classical style. Dantan died in an accident with his horse at the young age of 48. I do like the paintings of the sculpture studios (here's one) but when I saw this portrait, I knew I'd prefer it over the other paintings. I like the colours and especially the woman's hair bun. It looks so real. The portrait is just called 'Portrait' and I could not find its location.

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