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Xavier Rendeley
Persephone, 19th Century Classical French Academy Drawing

1883

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19th Century French Academy drawing of a classical maiden, signed Xavier Rendeley bottom right, numbered and dated 2nd April 1883. Presented in fine black and gilt wood frame. Very fine pencil and chalk drawing showing a mastery of hand and an understanding of light and shade. French Academy Drawings are artwork produced in 19th-century France that reflects the teachings of the École des Beaux-Arts, the Parisian state-sponsored art academy. Prioritizing drafts-manship over painting, the school taught students to employ fine line work and soft, blended shading in their drawings. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s drawings, such as his portrait of Mrs. Charles Badham, epitomize the Academic style, which is characterized by close attention to detail, near-invisible brushstrokes, and an emphasis on realistic modelling and shading. Academic painters often depicted scenes from history, literature, the Bible, or classical mythology, although this style can also be seen in pastoral scenes, such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Gardeuse de Moutons (The Shepherdess), and in Orientalist imagery, such as Jean-Léon Gérôme’s painting The Snake Charmer. Many of the French Impressionist painters were trained in the Academic style, though they later rejected it in favour of their trademark loose, expressive brushwork and scenes of modern life.
  • Creator:
    Xavier Rendeley
  • Creation Year:
    1883
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 23.5 in (59.69 cm)Width: 19.5 in (49.53 cm)Depth: 1 in (2.54 cm)
  • Medium:
  • Movement & Style:
  • Period:
  • Condition:
    The works is presented under glass. Some losses and repairs to the frame.
  • Gallery Location:
    Cotignac, FR
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: LG1stDibs: LU143029676532
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