Hippolyte Jean Flandrin (French, 1809-1864)
Oil on canvas, original frame, Framed: 173.5 x 134 x 14 cm (68 5/16 x 52 3/4 x 5 1/2 in.); Unframed: 133.4 x 92.7 cm (52 1/2 x 36 1/2 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2000.17
This double portrait depicts two brothers dressed in the height of fashion for the 1850s, clearly asserting their social status. Jean-Baptiste (left, age 23) carries gloves and a walking stick. René-Charles (right, age 25) wears an embroidered black velvet suit in the exotic à la Grec mode inspired by the Greek war of independence (1821-32). Flandrin represents the figures in an academic style emphasizing line over color, reflecting his training as a pupil of J. A. D. Ingres.
Paris, Salon of 1850, No. 1071Paris, Exposition Universelle, 1855Paris, Ecole Impériale des Beaux-Arts, Hippolyte Flandrin, 1865, No. 27
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