Portrait of Frédéric Villot

Eugene Delacroix

Eugene Delacroix - Portrait of Frédéric Villot
This portrait is somewhat exceptional, although not totally isolated, in the work of Delacroix. The sitter is Fréderic Villot, a friend of the artist, himself a painter and curator at the Louvre in Paris. The handling of the painting - colour scheme, smooth chiaroscuro transition - should be seen as somewhat restrained, almost classical close to official portraits of high-ranking personalities painted a generation earlier by Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) in England. Villot's posture is calm, only the eyes and their intense expression bespeak a Romantic mentality.
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measurements: height 65,5 cm
width 54,5 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
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inventory number: O 4776
gallery collection: Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art
licence: copyrighted work

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