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Madame François Buron

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

1769

Artist:

Jacques-Louis David
French, 1748–1825

About this artwork

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 216

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Jacques Louis David

Title

Madame François Buron

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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1769

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

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

Dimensions

66.3 × 55.5 cm (26 1/8 × 21 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

1963.205

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