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Charles Joshua Chaplin
Belle Femme en Déshabillé - 19th Century French Salon Portrait of Society Beauty

circa 1880

$33,863.73Asking Price

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This is a large fine 19th century oil painting portrait of a young society beauty captured in semi-undress by the eminent French Academic painter Charles Joshua Chaplin (1825-1891). ‘Belle Femme en Déshabillé’ is signed by the artist and sold in a superb quality newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf neoclassical frame. The painting is in my opinion one of the artist’s most striking three-quarter length portraits, and certainly captures one of his most attractive sitters. As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in the very finest condition it can be for its age having been professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Chaplin’s celebrated portraits of young women are reminiscent of the 18th century romanticism of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) and François Boucher (1703–1770) but his subjects are nevertheless recognisable as more modern Belle Epoque women. The critical and commercial success of Chaplin’s beautifully lit portraits of sensual young women captured en déshabillé established him as one of the foremost French academic painters of the period. By the late 1850’s Chaplin was being inundated with commissions from the French aristocracy requesting portraits of their wives and daughters. Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, was also a big fan and appointed him an artist of the court. Her and her husband’s enthusiastic support would soon come in especially useful when, in 1859, the Chaplin’s portrait ‘Aurora’ was banned by the judges of the Salon for being "too erotically suggestive". The disqualification order was subsequently overturned when Napoleon III himself sprung to Chaplin’s defence. During his lifetime Chaplin was awarded numerous medals at the Paris Salon and in 1865 he was declared a Chevalier and later Officer of la Légion d’Honneur (1881). Today, works by Charles Chaplin are held in the collections of the Louvre in Paris, the Hermitage in St Petersburg, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Dimensions: (framed) 90cm x 65cm (35½” x 25½”) Dimensions: (canvas only) 72cm x 47cm (28¼” x 18½”) Medium: Oil on canvas. Provenance: Private UK collection. Presentation: Fine gold metal leaf swept frame. Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned and re-varnished. Ready to hang. Conservation: Where necessary the paintings we sell are cleaned and restored by Fine Art Restoration (est.1974) or Simon Gillespie Studio, as seen on BBC Television's 'Fake or Fortune' and 'Britain's Lost Masterpieces'. About AFP Academy Fine Paintings is an international fine art dealership based in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England. We specialise in 19th century British and European oil paintings and are full members of both LAPADA (the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers) and CINOA (the International Confederation of Art & Antique Dealer Associations.). My name is Gavin Claxton and in addition to being an art dealer I also work as a fine art expert on BBC television. Storage & Packaging Once cleaned and restored our paintings are kept in professionally monitored, high security, climate-controlled storage. All of our paintings are fully insured. Packaging and shipping are handled by the UK’s leading fine art transporter. We ship internationally with FedEx International Priority. Best regards, Gavin Claxton Academy Fine Paintings

Details

  • Artist
  • Creation Year
    circa 1880
  • Dimensions
    Height: 35 in. (88.9 cm)Width: 25 in. (63.5 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Gerrards Cross, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU74135662032

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    Ships From: Gerrards Cross, United Kingdom
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