The Flower Seller by Léon François Comerre
The Flower Seller by Léon François Comerre

The Flower Seller

The Flower Seller by French Painter Léon François Comerre (1850 – 1916);; an Academic Painter that was famous for his beautiful female portraiture as well as his Oriental Themed Artwork.

This is an adorable alluring portrait of a young peasant girl as a flower seller that is dressed in a white blouse with long full sleeves that is overlaid with a floral white shawl that goes over both her shoulders.

Around that is a rich light blue corset with pink accent vertical stripes and that is tied at the front with colored pink ribbon; that is also a match for a large pink bow that she has tied around her right arm.

She is also wearing a blue and white floral skirt with a white apron top that is tied around her waist and a pink bonnet with light blue linen ruffles along the perimeter.

In her right hand she is holding up a pink, white and yellow rose; while with her left hand and forearm she holds a mesh weaved yellow rectangular wicker basket that is filled with pink and white roses, along with red roses.

She is in or around a park, standing in front of a large stone pool that has a lion’s head fountain at its center with water flowing from it; and behind that are trees with an opening in the center revealing the blue sky with clouds.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available online as a canvas print.

Info Below From Wikipedia.org

Léon was born in Trélon, in the Département du Nord, the son of a schoolteacher. He moved to Lille with his family in 1853. From an early age he showed an interest in art and became a student of Alphonse Colas at the École des Beaux-Arts in Lille, winning a gold medal in 1867.

From 1868 a grant from the Département du Nord allowed him to continue his studies in Paris at the famous École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in the studio of Alexandre Cabanel. There he came under the influence of orientalism.

Léon first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1871 and went on to win prizes there in 1875 and 1881. In 1875, he won the Grand Prix de Rome for his painting “L’Ange annonçant aux bergers la naissance du Christ” (The Angel announcing the birth of Christ to the shepherds).

This led to a scholarship at the French Academy in Rome from January 1876 to December 1879. In 1885 he won a prize at the “Exposition Universelle” in Antwerp. He also won prestigious art prizes in the USA (1876) and Australia (1881 and 1897). He became a Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1903.

He exhibited in London at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and in Glasgow at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.

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