The Young Artist (Translation)
La Jeune Artiste (Primary Title)
In the rationalistic spirit of the 18th century, educational theorists such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau recognized children as a special class of humankind with their own unique personalities. This enlightened realization fostered a greater emphasis on nurturing the individual abilities and characteristics of children. This painting has been attributed to Joseph-Siffred Duplessis, an artist who showed his work successfully at official salons and excelled as a fashionable society portraitist. In this engaging portrait of an unknown sitter, a young artist proudly displays an accomplished drawing, demonstrating her precocious talent and enthusiastic study of the arts.
1984: Portraits, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia, May 2 - 31, 1984; Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, June 4 - 29, 1984.
1982-1983: Fragonard and His Friends: Changing Ideals in the Eighteenth Century, Museum of Fne Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, November 20, 1982 - February 6, 1983; Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, March 4 - April 10, 1983
1967-1968: The Age of Elegance and Grandeur, VMFA Artmobile, August, 1967 - June 1968.
1965-1966: The Williams Collection, VMFA Artmobile II, September, 1965 - June 1966
1961: Pictures Jefferson Most Wanted, University of Virginia, Baily Museum, October 20 - 29, 1961
1883: Exposition des Cent Chefs-d'Oeuvre, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, June, 1883
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