Camille Rocqueplan

Girl with Flowers

Girl with Flowers
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Author: Camille Rocqueplan
Painting, Oil on canvas, 110x84 cm
Origin: France, 1843

Roqueplan's painting is typical of the salon art of the period of France's July Monarchy . It is ostensibly a genre scene: a girl returns home after a walk, having collected a bouquet of wild flowers. Her wide straw hat attractively frames her pretty face, with its open, welcoming gaze; her informal, relaxed appearance - the half-naked breast, the raised skirt and carelessly tied kerchief - is in keeping with the nature of the situation. The girl's figure is set into an oval, the soft inclination of the brim of the hat, the folds in the hem of the skirt and the natural but graceful movements of the hands repeating the main lines of the frame. Roqueplan's composition, with no pretence to depth or significant meaning, is well painted and draws us with the image of this ingenuous young girl.

Style: Salon Art
Source of entry: Museum of the Academy of Arts, Petrograd, 1922
Exibition: French Art: 19th - 20th centuries

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