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Portrait of Juliette Récamier

Artist: GERARD François (1770-1837)

Date: 1805

Technique: oil on canvas

Dimensions : H. 2.25 m; W. 1.48 m

Place:Paris, Carnavalet museum


Work painted after the portrait begun by David had been abandoned. Just like his teacher, Gérard shows the beautiful Juliette Récamier in a white dress, barefoot, and in a languid pose. But the decor is much more bland, apparently a bathroom in the antique style, recogniseable from the drainage holes in the marble. Madame Récamier has here a much more coquettish look, perhaps closer to her reputation as a great seductress.


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