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A Man

French School1801

Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati Art Museum

The use of metal accents in this piece creates a design over the flat bands of hair that, despite being made in the early nineteenth century, appeals to today’s viewer in its simplicity. The plain austerity found in this miniature reflects the Neo-classicist quest for a timeless mode of expression called the “true style.” Though this style seems to leave no room for emotion, the heartfelt words a toi seule (to you alone) created a sentimental connection between the sitter and the original receiver of this miniature.

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Details

  • Title: A Man
  • Creator: French School
  • Date Created: 1801
  • Location: France
  • Physical Dimensions: diam. 2 ¼ in. (5.7 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fleischmann in memory of Julius Fleischmann
  • Accession Number: 1991.338
  • Medium: watercolor on ivory (recto), hair and metal (verso)

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