Masterfully portrait of a Italian beauty with orange was executed by Charles Louis Müller [also known as Müller de Paris], important French painter of 19th century, born 1815 in Paris ; died there 1892. He was the pupil of Leon Cogniet, Baron Gros and others in the Ecole des Beauy-Arts. In 1837 he exhibited his first picture, “Christmas Morning.” From 1850 to 1853 he directed the Manufactory of Gobelin tapestries. In 1864 he became a member of the Academie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France, succeeding Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin. He was a fecund producer of historic pictures and portraits. Among his works are “Heliogahalus” (1841), “Primavera” (1846), “Haydée (1848), “Lady Macbeth,” and his masterpiece, “Appeal of the Last Victims of the Reign of Terror, with portraits of the most illustrious victims. Also notable are “Vive l´Empereur,” awarded a medal of the first class, it is based on a poem by Méry about an episode in the Battle before Paris March 30, 1814 (1855), “Marie Antoinette” (1857), “A Mass During the Reign of Terror” (1863), “Desdemona” (1868), “Lanjuinais at the Tribune” (1869), “The Madness of King Lear” (1875), “Charlotte Corday in Prison” (1875), “Mater Dolorosa” (1877), “The Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew” and “The Massacre of the Innocents.” He executed frescoes for the Salle d´État in the Louvre.
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Works: Lille museum, Luxembourg, collection of John Jacob Astor IV, Corcoran Gallery in Washington.
Literature: Benezit "Dictionary of artist, etchers and decorators"; Gilman, D. C .; Peck, H. T .; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Müller, Charles Louis". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York; Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A., eds. (1879). "Müller, Charles Louis" . The American Cyclopædia.Inscription: signed lower left.
Inscriptions:signed at the bottom left under the balustrade.
Technique: oil on canvas. Original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 22 3/4 " x h 28 3/4 " (57,8 x 73 cm), framed w 31 7/8" x h 38 1/8 " (81 x 97 cm).
Condition: in very good condition.