Saturday, July 6, 2019

Carolus-Duran Painting - Study of Lilia

Here’s a jewel by Carolus-Duran that we were able to see during our visit last week to the National Gallery of Art.

Such an effortless painting that captures the beauty of the woman’s hair. It’s interesting compositionally in that the background and the dress are so similar in color and value that they never draw attention away from the head.

Also of particular note: John Singer Sargent was a pupil of Duran’s, and it is easy to see the similarities in their approach. - Patrick Saunders

Carolus-Duran "Study of Lilia" • Oil on Canvas • 21 5/8”x18 1/8” • 1887
Carolus-Duran "Study of Lilia" Detail • Oil on Canvas • 21 5/8”x18 1/8” • 1887

Photos by Kimberly at Saunders Fine Arts.

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