Mademoiselle de Lancey by Carolus-Duran
Mademoiselle de Lancey by Carolus-Duran

Mademoiselle de Lancey (1851 – 1913) c1876 by French Painter Carolus-Duran (Charles Auguste Émile Durant – 1837 – 1917); was one of the most renownes portrait painters of high society in the French Third Republic.

Charles Auguste Émile Durant was commissioned by Alice Tahl Dite de Lancey to paint this portrait of her.

The portrait depicts her wearing an elegant white silk ball gown with a lace bodice that is embroidered with pearls and on her right hand she is wearing a gold bracelet; as she reclines on a Chaise Loonge that is lavishly decorated with floral pattern fabric and large decorative pillows.

The image when present in the Salon of 1877 was titles: The Lady with the Red Cushion. Mademoiselle de Lancey was in her time considered to be one of the great courtesans of Parisian society during the Belle Epoque era.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

Info Below From Wikipedia.org

Carolus-Duran was the son of a hotel owner. His first drawing lessons were with a local sculptor named Augustin-Phidias Cadet de Beaupré (1800 – ?) at the Académie de Lille; then took up painting with François Souchon,[2] a student of Jacques Louis David. He went to Paris in 1853, where he adopted the name “Carolus-Duran”.

In 1859, he had his first exhibition at the Salon. That same year, he began attending the Académie Suisse, where he studied until 1861. One of his early influences was the Realism of Gustave Courbet.

From 1862 to 1866, he travelled to Rome and Spain, thanks to a scholarship granted by his hometown. During that time, he moved away from Courbet’s style and became more interested in Diego Velázquez. Upon returning to France, he was awarded his first gold medal at the Salon.

In 1867, he became one of the nine members of the “Société Japonaise du Jinglar” (a type of wine); a group that included Henri Fantin-Latour, Félix Bracquemond and Marc-Louis Solon. They would meet once a month in Sèvres for a dinner “à la Japonaise”.

He married Pauline Croizette, a pastellist and miniaturist who had posed for his painting “The Lady in Gloves” in 1869.[6] They had three children. Their eldest daughter, Marie-Anne, married the playwright Georges Feydeau.

After 1870, he devoted himself almost entirely to portraits. His success allowed him to open a studio on the Boulevard du Montparnasse, where he also gave painting lessons. He was named a Knight in the Légion d’honneur in 1872; being promoted to Officer in 1878, Commander in 1889 and Grand Officer in 1900.

In 1889 and 1900 he served on the juries at the Expositions Universelles. In 1890, he was one of the co-founders of the second Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and he was elected a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1904. The following year, he was appointed Director of the French Academy in Rome, a position he held until 1913.

He was a frequent visitor to the resort at Fréjus, where he owned a small villa. Following his death, the resort named a plaza and a beach after him.

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