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Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier

Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier

Painting
Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891) is a well-known painter devoted to historical subjects; in any case, the exquisite technique of that French painter is present in his genre scenes and his portraits. The Prado Museum in Madrid shows a beautiful portrait ‘La Marquesa de Manzanedo’ (the Marquise of Manzanedo). This painting is exhibited in one of the permanent galleries devoted to paintings dating back the 19th century. We need to mention that Meissonier was born the same year the Waterloo Battle took place, the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. He painted Napoleon and the emperor’s army so many times. In order to depict battle sceneries properly enough, he used to model small soldiers and horses. He enjoyed great prestige and success during his lifetime, but like so many academicist painters as the time…
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Thomas Wilmer Dewing

Thomas Wilmer Dewing

Painting
Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938) was an elegant and smart American painter attached to ‘tonalism’, a painting style that arose in the United States around 1880 and whose well-known representatives were George Inness and James McNeill Whistler. The ‘tonalist’ painters looked for an ideal of beauty and gave their pictures a particular veiled atmosphere, both landscapes and objects seemed to be surrounded by a subtle mist. These artists equally focussed in finding the correct and exact value of the colours and the hues. Dewing’s works are mainly devoted to female figure, he was capable of giving the portrayed women a refined spirituality. All those women posed with a certain languor, oblivious to our gaze, sometimes they turn their back on us, always smart and unattainable. These characters integrating the landscape seem…
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The Jester

The Jester

Painting
There is a much complete series of jesters painted by Diego Velázquez (1599-1660), Don Sebastian de Morra is my favourite one. In all those paintings portraying these misshapen, fool human beings which are really unique in the history of Art, Velazquez is capable of bringing out his innate sense of elegance, a certain distance, a great tenderness and deep respect for the models whom he never derides. The melancholic expressiveness, a cautious and discreet look in their eyes, the wonderful red and green harmony of the clothes. The painter Ramon Gaya wrote beautiful and accurate words on these paintings: ‘All the scholars devoted to Velazquez have tried to decipher every probable meaning hidden in the series of jesters. Most of the time, they have turned Velazquez into a kind and…
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