According to the editor of the “Dictionairre des Peintres…,” E. Benezit, French pastel painter Angele Dubos (1844-1916), was a student of the well-known artist, Charles Joshua Chaplin (1825-1891). Dubos won a gold medal at Chaplin’s women-only course that included the notable artists Mary Cassatt and Louise Abbema. In1879 Dubos exhibited at the Salon of French artists in Paris the painting, “A New Song,” which today can be seen all over the internet. The painting depicts an extravagantly dressed woman playing a mandolin while reading from her music book. This work was included in the 1905 reference, “Women Painters of the World.” Mssr. Benezit states that works by Dubos can be found in French museums.
This pastel piece has many of the elements for which Angele Dubos was known: vivid colors, movement, enthusiasm, ease and a softness in her strong style. She used a few colors to express the beauty of the tulips beginning to open. The blues, purples and dark pink with maroon highlights harmonize beautifully with the soft greens of the leaves and stems. The soft gray color of the background paper blends well with the colors of the tulips. It is signed, “Angele,” in pink pastel in the lower right corner.
It is housed in its original wood and gesso, gilded turned frame with a beaded border.
The pastel painting is in excellent condition, with only a few minor excess chalk marks. It has no foxing or insect damage. The frame is also in excellent condition for its age. It has some loss of gilt, but it has retained a pleasant, soft gold luster. There are about 4 decorative beads missing on the upper molding.
It measures 16 inches wide by 20 inches high, including the frame.
Pastel Painting of Three Tulips, by Angele Dubos
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