This work is a new acquisition for the gallery, and you would have seen it in yesterday's post. It looks like a painting, especially at a distance, but it's not. Saffronia is a 2017 photograph by Ayana M. Jackson, a self portrait by the artist in period clothing that features a woman of colour in a position she would not have been in two hundred years ago- a place of leisure and empowerment, dressed in finery, posed like many a woman of that period. It's a political commentary- and it fits right in here among the old oil paintings. It made quite an impression.
Monday, August 15, 2022
Charles Meynier painted Wisdom Defending Youth From The Arrows Of Love in 1810.
Here we have the lady of the title of today's post. Erneste Bioche de Misery is the title of this portrait by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson, done in 1807.
Antoine-Jean Gros painted Bacchus and Ariadne in 1821.
Another French artist, famed for her portrait work, was Elizabeth Vigee Le Brun. She left France when the Revolution broke out. This is her 1796 painting, Countess Anna Ivanova Tolstoya.
Pierre-Paul Prud'hon painted this in 1809, titled Love Seduces Innocence, Pleasure Entraps, and Remorse Follows.