A Couple Embracing in an Artist's Studio

Object Details

Title:

A Couple Embracing in an Artist's Studio

Artist/Maker:

Eugène Louis Lami (French, 1800 - 1890)

Culture:

French

Date:

1881

Medium:

Watercolor over traces of black chalk, with touches of white gouache

Object Number:

2000.49

Dimensions:

19.8 × 24.6 cm (7 13/16 × 9 11/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Simms in honor of John Walsh on the occasion of his retirement as Director

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Overcome with emotion, a young painter throws his brush and palette to the ground and falls on his knees before his model. The subject of this watercolor, an amorous couple, recalls the carefree and pleasure-filled themes of the earlier Rococo period. The costumes and interior details make further reference to this period.

After spending many years painting military scenes with panoramic views and dramatic skies, Eugène Lami turned his attention to bourgeois society. He began painting ceremonial scenes from court life, which provided festive and colorful material for his canvas. Lami spent the later years of his life making watercolors of historical events.

Provenance
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Armand du Vannes

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Jerome D. Adamson (Los Angeles)

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Dr. Richard A. Simms

Exhibitions
To Create a Living Art: 19th Century Drawings (May 1 to July 15, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 1 to July 15, 2001
The Prismatic Palette: Four Centuries of Watercolors (October 5, 2004 to January 2, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 5, 2004 to January 2, 2005