Fille Au Citronnier
Fille Au Citronnier (Lemon Tree Girl) c1913 by French Painter Émile Vernon (1872 – 1919);; who specialized in painting watercolors, with his main subject being women and children in bright and colorful rural settings. He trained under William Bouguereau and Auguste Trouphème in the School of Fine Arts in Paris France.
This is a wonderful late 19th century portrait of a young auburn hair brunette dressed in Roman apparel, with a blue ribbon wrapped around the top of her hair, wearing a very sheer white undergarment and a dark pink robe on top.
The sheer undergarment is tied off at the sleeve by a square gold button inlaid with an green, maybe jade gemstone, that matches a one of two rings she is wearing on the fourth finger of her right hand; the other being a large gold pearl mounted ring, along with a coiled snake bracelet on her right wrist.
She is leaning on a sculpted waist high marble wall with her left elbow resting on it while her face rest on her left hand; with her right forearm also resting on the ledge of the wall, while holding in her right part of a branch that contains green leaves and pink and white flowers.
The young lady is standing by a large lemon tree and in the background we can see some terrain that comprise tall trees, a lake and some mountains beyond the lake.
This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.
Info Below From Galerie Ary Jan
Émile Vernon was a student at the Fine Arts school in Tours where he won the first prize for drawing in 1888; afterwards he was then mentored by William Bouguereau and Auguste Truphème.
Then in 1898 he participated in the Tours exhibition of Fine Arts and Decorative Arts and later that year, in the French Artists Exhibition and regularly exhibited hie work there from 1898 to 1913; presenting portraits, landscapes, scenes from Brittany, still life bouquets that he painted in watercolor, as well as feminine figures, which later became is specialty.
Émile excelled in his paintings of softly lighted, adorable figures of children and elegant young women, with whom he often associated a pet such as a cat, dog or bird, and adorned his images with garlands or bouquets of flowers, throughout his career; but he was also a very versatile artist that could paint with rigor and power as in his works the portrait of Madame Vernon and Sous la Lampe (Under the lamp).