Just Finishing Reading A Novel
Just Finishing Reading A Novel by French Painter Delphin Enjolras (1857 – 1945) of the Academic Movement who specialized in creating portraits, nudes and interior paintings using oil, watercolor and pastels. His preferred paintings was genre scenes of young women illuminated by lamplight.
This is a reclining nude portrait of a beautiful young women laying down on her bed looking down on an open book that is resting on a sheet that is on a carpeted floor.
She is being illuminated by light from a window and by a lamp that is above her head that sits on a night stand that has beside it a decorative vase with white roses in it.
Behind her are two large round pillows and a square pillow that are leaning against a wall with a large tapestry; and on her bed is a gold and copper colored sheet that she is laying on that is partially on the carpet.
She is resting her head on her right arm that rest on more pillows; with a large pillow on the floor near the book she was reading.
This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.
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Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org
Delphin was born in Coucouron, located in southern France to Casimir Enjolras and Delphine Laurens in 1857.
He studied watercolors under the French watercolorist Gaston Gérard at the “Ecole de Dessin de la Ville de Paris” or City of Paris Drawing School and he also studied under Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824 – 1904) at the Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts), and at the Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret.
In the early part of Delphins painting career, he mainly painted landscapes; but would later transition in painting portraits of young women, which he excelled at.
His portraiture focused on beautiful and elegant young women, usually by lamp light doing mundane task such as reading or sewing; clothed or in nude; with many of his later works being of a sensual and erotic nature.