Robertine Tourteau, Marquise D’Orvilliers

By Jacques-Louis David SKU:15437

Jacques-Louis David's "Robertine Tourteau, Marquise D'Orvilliers" is a remarkable painting from 1790. This artwork holds great significance for several reasons. Firstly, it portrays Robertine Tourteau, Marquise D'Orvilliers, an influential figure of the French aristocracy during the time of the French Revolution. The painting captures her elegance and refined beauty, showcasing David's exceptional talent as a portraitist. Secondly, it symbolizes the tension between the old regime and the revolutionary ideals of the time, as the Marquise represents the fading aristocracy in the face of social upheaval. Lastly, this painting exemplifies David's neoclassical style, characterized by its precision, classical influences, and meticulous attention to detail, making it an exceptional piece in art history.

53 cm

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Title: Jacques-Louis David’s “Robertine Tourteau, Marquise D’Orvilliers”: A Glimpse into Aristocracy

Year Painted: 1790

Jacques-Louis David’s “Robertine Tourteau, Marquise D’Orvilliers,” painted in 1790, is a captivating artwork that offers a unique insight into the world of French aristocracy during a pivotal period in history.

As a renowned portraitist, David skillfully captures the essence of his subject, Robertine Tourteau, Marquise D’Orvilliers. The painting showcases her poise and elegance, depicting her in lavish attire and with a regal bearing. This portrayal not only reflects David’s exceptional artistic talent but also serves as a snapshot of the opulent lifestyle enjoyed by the French aristocracy of the time.

Painted just before the outbreak of the French Revolution, this artwork holds particular significance. It stands as a visual representation of the social and political tensions brewing in the country. The Marquise, as a representative of the fading aristocracy, embodies the world on the brink of profound transformation.

David’s neoclassical style is evident in this painting, characterized by its meticulous attention to detail, precise composition, and influence from classical art. The artist’s ability to capture the Marquise’s likeness with remarkable accuracy showcases his technical prowess.

The significance of “Robertine Tourteau, Marquise D’Orvilliers” lies not only in its artistic merits but also in its historical context. It offers a glimpse into the privileged lives of the French aristocracy, a world that would soon be upended by the ideals of the French Revolution. The painting stands as a visual testament to the socio-political changes that were about to unfold.

Today, this remarkable piece can be found in various collections and museums, including the Louvre Museum in Paris. Its presence in such prestigious institutions underscores its status as a significant work of art.

In conclusion, Jacques-Louis David’s “Robertine Tourteau, Marquise D’Orvilliers” is a special painting that captures the essence of French aristocracy on the cusp of revolution. Its depiction of the Marquise’s elegance and the impending societal change makes it a compelling piece of art history. David’s technical skill and neoclassical style further contribute to its significance. This artwork offers a window into a bygone era and serves as a reminder of the intricate interplay between art, history, and the human experience.

Original size:
98 x 131 cm (width x height)
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40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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