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Madame François Buron

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Jacques-Louis David
French, 1748–1825

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Following his father’s death in 1757, the young Jacques-Louis David was raised in the house of his uncle, architect François Buron, and his wife, Marie-Josèphe Fromont. Madame Buron was particularly supportive of David’s desire to become a painter, in opposition to her husband’s wish that he study architecture. In this intimate early portrait, David presented his aunt looking up momentarily from her reading to acknowledge the viewer with a warm reserve. Her glance suggests an affectionate bond between the painter and sitter and displays the ambitious young artist’s awareness of contemporary conventions for depicting middle-class women of sensibility.


On View, Gallery 216


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Jacques Louis David


Madame François Buron


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


J.L. David 1769 (at right, above sitter's shoulder)


66.3 × 55.5 cm (26 1/8 × 21 7/8 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Mrs. Albert J. Beveridge in memory of her mother, Abby Louise Spencer (Mrs. Augustus Eddy).

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