This mid 19th Century drawing, circa 1860, signed by a French woman artist: Louise Sellerier, is not only extremely rare, it is an enchantment!
Done after a famous Renaissance painting by Raphael, it has retained the general motion of the main character, but has treated her in a totally novel way, only retaining the essential beauty of the woman's face, as if it was bathed in a surreal grace.
The presence of the child is just suggested, just like the heavy garments of the original.
This is the spirit of Raphael, more than his painting, that has been captured by this inspired 19th Century artist.
Again, this drawing is an enchantment!
Antique drawings bring prestige to any home or Art collection. They are besides extremely easy to match with any decor.
It is obvious that the French King's daughter: Marie d'Orleans, who was a renowned sculptor in the 1830s, influenced many French women in the 19th Century to become artists in their own turn.
You can also see this influence at play in my exquisite Deveria's lithograph, item # 1799PNT
However, a similar, little known wave of French women artists, also exists earlier in History, around the 1789 Revolution time.
A visit to the Carnavalet Museum in Paris, which gathers the revolutionary collections brings a surprise: a lot of the portraits in the Museum, particularly women's portraits, were painted by women artists of the time.
CONDITION: In very good condition. No damage. (Shadows in the pics only)
MEASUREMENTS: Total Length: 12". Total Width: 8 3/4". ( 30.5 cm) by ( 22.5 cm)
Will be shipped "Expedited" from Paris (5-7 days) including insurance and signature at delivery.
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