Monday, June 9, 2014

The object of the day: Flowers on a marble ledge by Elise Bruyere

Flowers on a marble ledge (1776 to 1847 France)
by Elise Bruyere  (1776-1847)

Oil on canvas

26.00cm wide 37.00cm high (10.24 inches wide 14.57 inches high)


Description / Expertise
Élise Bruyère was the daughter of Jean-Jacques le Barbier, who was a noted writer, illustrator and painter of French historical scenes. Both Élise and her sister, who was also a painter studied with their father and subsequently with Jan Frans van Dael in his studio at the Sorbonne University. She exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1798 and was to become highly regarded in the male dominated art scene of the early Nineteenth Century, winning a second-class medal in 1827.
Bruyère was of the realist school of painting, depicting her beautiful still lives without idealization and often with remarkable detail. She bathed her compositions in a bright but tempered, even light that allowed her to focus the most intricate detail. Bruyerè’s paintings were highly refined and she was an expert at rendering the substance and texture of her flowers. This beautiful painting depicts flowers in a vase and has a moth flying above. It sits on a profiled ledge of brown marble similar to Bruyère’s still life with flowers which decorated the reception rooms at the Ministère de État at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Other Notable paintings by Élise Bruyère hang in the Museums of Lyons, Valenciennes and Valencia

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