Description of the painting by Jacques-Louis David “Madame Recamier”

Description of the painting by Jacques Louis David Madame Recamier

Madame Julie Recamier, the owner of a fashionable salon in Paris and a famous beauty, commissioned her portrait to renowned artist Jean Louis David. The artist in the process of writing a portrait, could not get used to the meager lighting in the room, because of which he did not go to work.

Madame Julie even wanted her portrait to be completed by another famous artist Francois Gerard. However, David asked that Madame Recamier leave the portrait unfinished, which he later regretted for a long time. And in vain, because thanks to the minimalism of the details, the portrait turned out to be unique in its own way.

The canvas with the image of a woman attracts with its simplicity and ease. On the canvas, a girl dressed in a modest white sundress, reaching her ankles. Her hair is decorated with a ribbon. The artist depicts her in the form of a playful lady, but at the same time a connoisseur shows the virginity of her beauty. The winding contours of the artist qualitatively depict a female figure. Perhaps, if David had not stopped work, then the fashion accessories would have been added to the portrait of that time and the picture would have become too brilliant. Watching the picture, you can see Julie’s languid look, as if she is trying to say something, but is holding herself back. David was well aware that the complexity of the work is not in the environment that surrounds him, but in the mood of the model itself. Youth and sharpness – its main qualities, it was very difficult to cope with them.

Famous collectors are still discussing precisely the stage of writing the masterpiece “Portrait of Madame Rekamier”. The painting is filled with vitality and restless inner state of the artist, which attracts all art lovers.

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