Thursday, 6 September 2012

Julius LeBlanc Stewart and Woman In An Interior

'Woman In An Interior' (1895) by Julius LeBlanc Stewart; Private Collection

Today I could choose between two great painters unknown to me, John Atkinson Grimshaw (6 September 1836 - 13 October 1893) and Julius LeBlanc Stewart, born on 6 September 1855 and died on 5 January 1919. I can still use Grimshaw for the 13th of October so I'm doing a post on Stewart today. Stewart was an American artist who had both his education and career in Europe, mainly in France. He came from a wealthy family and had access to the homes of rich American people who lived abroad. He specialised in large scale paintings and multi-figured compositions. Here are some of the multi-figured paintings that I like (click here and here). If you google his paintings, you see images of society portraits, single portraits and also sensuous nudes (click here and here). Stewart's success took off in 1878 when he had his first exhibition at the Paris Salon and continued till the end of the century. I had many paintings to choose from that I like, and I chose this one of a woman in an interior.

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