petrusplancius (petrusplancius) wrote,
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Alexandre Cabanel, Baroness von Derwies, 1871

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I think I have rarely seen a more unflattering portrait than this (if one puts aside some of Goya's depictions of the Spanish royal family): did he really have to give her such a sour expression? Was she pleased with the likeness? The dress, by contrast, is strikingly beautiful, free of the bad taste that one associates with that period (if not the excess).
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