Wonderful painting from the late 18th century of composer and accomplished musician Emilie Folville. She sits posed with her harp which was one of the many instruments she was accomplished with. The colours are vibrant. The painting has a small crack in the lower left corner,but shows more with the camera than to the naked eye. Mounted in a bronze gilt frame it is protected by glass. There is also a very small chip in the glass in the lower left corner.Measures 3 "H by 4 1/2" wide. A lovely painting marked on the back with the name and number 759 on an old French Label.Signed in the lower left corner "Jordy'
Biography Juliette (Eugenie Emilie).Folville 1870- A famous woman violinist and pianist, who was born at Liège, Belgium. She had a most successful and brilliant career on the concert stage, and was besides a talented composer, teacher and conductor. Her father,was a lawyer and brilliant amateur musician,He was her instructor from 1874, when she was four years old, in piano and solfeggio. She received her first lessons on the violin from Malherbes in Liège, and also studied under O. Musin and César Thompson, making her debut at Liège as a concert violinist in 1879. The next year she began her career as a composer. She gave many concerts in France and Belgium and frequently directed her own orchestral works. She had conducted for several years at a concert of ancient music at the Liège Conservatory and had given clavecin recitals as well. In January, 1898, Mlle. Folville was appointed professor of the piano at the Liège Conservatory. She had composed an opera, Atala, which was produced with success at Rouen in 1893; a march, parts of a symphony; a violin sonata; two sonatas for piano; three orchestral suites; a violin concerto; berceuse for violin; Suite Poétique for violin; Eva, a dramatic scene for soprano choir with piano; numerous pieces for the organ; much piano-music and many songs.