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Awakening by Charles François Jalabert (French, 1819-1901) (Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, US)

This painting, once believed to be a reduced autograph replica (a copy by the original artist) after the prime Salon version exhibited in 1872, is now known to be a preparatory sketch dated 1863. Jalabert was a devoted student of Paul Delaroche, working with him in Paris and for three years in Italy. Delaroche’s mentoring of Jalabert gained him access to an elite circle of artists, including Géricault, Delacroix, and Jean-Léon Gérôme. Delaroche encouraged Jalabert to exhibit at the Salon, as well to compete for the coveted Prix de Rome. Faithful, like his teacher, to the beautiful forms of antiquity and its revival during the Renaissance, Jalabert chose to specialize in scenes of everyday life with the anecdotal appeal of this tender rendition of mother and child. After he first exhibited a work at the Salon of 1847, Jalabert was presented by Gérôme to the art dealer Adolphe Goupil. Goupil’s accounting books record this sketch as having been sold to William Walters for 2,400 francs on May 9, 1864, supporting the earlier date recently discovered by Walters’ conservators while cleaning the painting.” (Walters Art Museum)
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Yesterday, I looked for more depictions, by Alfred Jacob Miller (2 January 1810 – 26 June 1874), of the life of Amerindians. My search took me to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, an excellent source of paintings by Miller. I went for a second visit today and found the “painting of the day.”

Alfred Jacob Miller

After opening a studio in Baltimore, but finding no success, Alfred Jacob Miller went to New Orleans where he met Scottish “adventurer” Sir William Drummond Stewart, 7th Baronet (26 December 1795 – 28 April 1871). Stewart asked Miller to accompany him on a trip to the north west where Miller made sketches for several paintings. The Walters Art Museum owns a large number of paintings by Miller, watercolors mainly, sometimes enhanced by what seems touches of gouache).

Let the above image be my offering to all mothers.

My next post is a continuation of the Proclamation of 1763.

A Happy Mother’s Day to mothers everywhere, and my kindest regards to all of you.

Brahms’ Lullaby
Johannes BrahmsWiegenlied, Op. 49/9
Das Slovakische Kammerorchester

Charles François Jalabert

© Micheline Walker
10 May 2015

Charles François Jalabert
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)