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School of Louis-Leopold Boilly (French 1761-1845)

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  School of Louis-Leopold Boilly (French 1761-1845)

School of Louis-Leopold Boilly (French 1761-1845)

Portrait of a Gentleman in a Yellow Vest

Oil on canvas, unsigned, (Circa 1810)

Painting: 26.5” x 22”
Frame: 30.5” x 26”

Boilly was a prolific painter known for his genre scenes of Parisian life and society during the Revolution and the French Empire, his most famous being “The Triumph of Marat” (1794). He was greatly influenced by the Dutch artists of the 17th century and he found his niche with small format portraits ( ca. 8.5” x 6.75”) which could be executed quickly, and were also affordable. This was a successful concept, and Boilly painted around 5000 of these portraits during his lifetime.

The “Napoleonic” hairstyle, heavily lidded eyes, bowed lips, attention to clothing details and the empty dark background are all typical of Boilly’s portraits.

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