Louis Piot Portrait Painting - Elegante dans le jardin
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Louis Piot
Elegante dans le jardin

1897

About

In a fine portrait the painter must do more than simply present a faithful record of a person’s appearance. The most successful portraitists of any era have created a mystique around their sitter’s identity. Capturing the spirit of a person’s personality was as important as pointing out that person’s social role.“Elégante dans le jardin,” or an elegant or stylish woman - a woman of fashion - in a garden, does this wonderfully. The “elégante” is seated in a wooden lawn chair out of doors - in a “jardin.” Her costume is very current or fashionable: a lovely dress with tiered flounces and leg-of-mutton sleeves speak of the Belle Epoque and the1890’s. The lavender color of her dress is sharply but pleasantly contrasted with the black waistband. These colors in turn contrast with her chestnut hair. And all of these colors are posed against the light green of her chair, the greens of the garden and the very light yellow of the wall behind her. Her jewelry is simply, a flexible bracelet on each wrist and plain gold rings set with onyx on her left hand. This figure conveys age and social status, but, even better, there is a narrative implied (and probably well understood by family and friends) in her countenance. It is this interpretive power, a subject’s essence fleetingly captured in an informal setting, which makes this portrait a lovely and persuasive study that carries the subject beyond its ‘modern,’ everyday dress.

Details

  • Artist
    Louis Piot (1867 - 1947, French)
  • Creation Year
    1897
  • Medium
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Signed "Louis Piot" and dated "97", Lower Right
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 39.75 in. x W 32 in.H 100.97 cm x W 81.28 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    LU56711985233
  • More Editions & Sizes
    Framed size 50" x 42"Price: $18,000
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