Starlight 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 portrait of a young lady sitting on a high back stone bench that is ornately carved at the top; and to her right is a large white and pink flowering plant with green leaves that extends past her head.
She is covered in a see through light blue negligee and partially covered with a gold colored robe that is draped over her right shoulder and across her lap.
The young ladies negligee is held in place across her chest with a gold crescent moon shaped piece of jewelry that is accented with pearls and a blue gemstone. On her left are she is wearing more gold jewelry, this time a fashioned disk with a blue gemstone at the center with additional gemstones hanging from the disk and terminating with a large pear via a looped gold chain.
In the background above her head we see the stars and the radiant beams of light for which the piece is named.
This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available online as a rolled canvas print.
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 rigour and power as in his works the portrait of Madame Vernon and Sous la Lampe (Under the lamp).