A little gift

I hope you’ve all had a grand, warm, lucrative, family-and-friends filled Christmas Day. As it has been a tad busy, I’m going to keep it short with a little gift post in the form of pretty pictures. You might recall my recent article about The Portrait of Achille Deban de Laborde (1817). As I was in the neighborhood visiting family, I popped into the Clark Art Institute to enjoy its exceptional collection of Winslow Homers, George Inneses, Renoirs, Monets, Sisleys, Alma-Tademas, Sargents, Renaissance Old Masters and about a thousand other art historical gems.

I also made a special pilgrimage to the 18th century French portraiture room to see the youth in a replica of his father’s Napoleonic uniform. He is just as sweet and soft-eyed as he looked in the official release pictures.


In that same gallery is a painting by Louis-Léopold Boiully, a portraitist and genre artist who was highly celebrated in his time and managed to thrive from the ancien regime all the way through to the July Monarchy, although he did have a little less than pleasant moment with the Committee of Public Safety over the erotic undertone of his paintings which would have cost him his life had it not been for the discovery of a properly propagandistic Le triomphe de Marat (1794) in his studio. The genre paintings capture scenes of French society, street life and current events. Most of his portraits were of middle class people and celebrities, including Robespierre.

The painting in the Clark, however, is not a portrait, even though it’s in the portrait gallery. It is a trompe l’oeil from 1785 called, appropriately, Various Objects. It depicts what looks like a pinboard with letters, a nosegay of pansies, a black and white drawing, a glass bottle hanging from a string, a leather pouch, scissors, a switchblade and a drawing compass. I think it’s pretty great, and appreciate it all the more because it was Boiully who coined the phrase “trompe l’oeil.”

Happy holidays, everyone!

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Comment by George M.
2017-12-26 01:04:51

It’s a little hard to tell from the photo if the knife depicted is truly a switch blade which has a spring which quickly opens the blade at the touch of a button or just an ordinary folding knife. The light colored “button” on the handle near the blade could indicate that it is a true switch blade but it could just be the rivet which the blade pivots upon.

 
Comment by Ewa
2017-12-26 04:17:25

Happy holidays! :boogie: :boogie: (Why is there no Santa smiley?)

 
Comment by Karen
2017-12-26 08:06:54

Lovely!

 
Comment by Christoph
2017-12-26 10:04:01

It’s the time ‘in between the years’ now, as the lunar year is over, winter solstice is celebrated and the solar year still goes on.

It’s now also the ‘twelve nights’ till epiphany, which is also celebrated as the ‘Eastern’ Christmas. Of course, St. Nick’s feast day was already celebrated on December 6th.

Thus, whatever you do, just keep on Celebrating and Merry Christmas to Y’all !

 
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