Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Consolatrix Afflictorum

Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret (1852-1929)
Consolatrix Afflictorum
Oil on canvas
Private collection

Dagnan pursued the academic mastery of finely drawn figure compositions

He made his reputation with large figure paintings based on scenes from real life in rural France.

It would appear that Dagnan achieved his effect of lifelike immediacy with the help of photographs, a common practice in nineteenth-century painting but one that artists did not always admit.

He often turned to religious subjects, treating them as genre scenes

Madonna and Child was a theme which he painted on a number of occasions. He stressed the beauty of maternity.