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Louise Vernet alive and dead

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This is really a supplement to my recent post on Paul Delaroche, who married Louise Vernet, the only daughter of the painter Horace Vernet, and painted an extraordinary picture of her after her early death. Here is a pre-posthumous drawing of her.


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A portrait of her by her father, dating from 1833; most appealing, I think, in a Nazarene/early Pre-Raphaelite vein.

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She married Delaroche two years later in 1835. Her is a statuette of her Jean Auguste Barre, showing her with her son Horace (she had two children). A curious work with a perhaps deliberately medieval air.

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A sculpture of the actress Rahel by Barre. Irrelevant, but I like it.

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Revenons à nos moutons. Louise died of a fever in 1845, and this is the preparatory drawing that her husband made for his farewell painting of her. Some brief remarks on it here:
http://www.frenchdrawings.org/highlights.php?owner=0&vol=21&vl=26&vo=0&dwg=134

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The painting itself. What do you think of it? It would be better without the halo in my view, which makes the religious element in it slightly too facile. Remarkable portrayal of her hair, flowing sensuously over her very lifeless body.
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