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French School, Circa 1870-1880

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524 North Washington Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

French School, Circa 1870-1880

French School, Circa 1870-1880.

Oil on board

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Painting size: 31.5” x 20”
Frame size: 34.5” x 23”

In this Belle Époque painting, a woman admires herself in front of a cheval mirror. Her outfit, though luxurious, is comprised of incongruent elements. The low necked, short sleeved silk dress is an evening gown, complete with a cord that temporarily holds the train off the floor. To accessorize, she dons a narrow brimmed hat with an ostrich feather and carries a matching red parasol, items suited for an afternoon stroll in the park. Studying the effect of her ensemble, the young woman wears a self-satisfied expression on her face. All-in-all a charming portrayal typical of the works of the belle époque artists.

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