Alexandre Tharaud: Les barricades mystérieuses (Couperin)

GEORGE SPENCER WATSON, R.A., R.W.S., R.O.I. (BRITISH, 1869-1934), Dorothy, daughter of F.J. Elliott Esq., signed and dated ‘G Spencer Watson/ 1929’ (lower left) oil on canvas, 561⁄4 x 401⁄8 in. (142.9 x 102 cm.), Image Source: Christie’s

I wonder what the story is behind her expression….

Is she bored? forlorn? disinterested? hopeless?

Maybe some music will help.

Performed live in the Galerie des Glaces at the Château de Versailles in July 2020, Alexandre Tharaud plays Les Barricades Mystérieuses (The Mysterious Barricades) by baroque composer François Couperin. Filmed on 6 July 2020.

Thanks for Visiting 🙂

~Sunnyside

26 Comments Add yours

  1. janicetv says:

    But it’s a beautiful paint

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  2. I love the painting and the music. I think her expression says, “Oh, come on. I know what is really going on here.”

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    1. Oh, I love that interpretation…lol Thanks, Madeline. 😎❤️

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    2. sienablue says:

      Yes, she is stuck unwillingly in this aristocracy, but not buying into it. I wouldn’t be surprised if she ran off to some alternate lifestyle.

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  3. The music you chose is appropriate for the sitter’s mysterious expression. When I came to Austin in 1976 and for some years thereafter, classical music radio station KMFA wasn’t on the air full-time. The station signed off late at night and signed back on in the early morning by playing “Les Barricades mystérieuses” as its theme song.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your memory, Steve. 🙂

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  4. Ashley says:

    She is beautiful!
    Same but different:

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    1. Thank you for the link, Ashley! I love this piece on the guitar. 😎❤️

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  5. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    She looks maybe a little confined by the role society expects of her?

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    1. Indeed, she does. Thanks for sharing, penwithlit. 🙂

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  6. Fabulous! art and music

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  7. Michele Lee says:

    Gorgeous! I love the soft colors with pops of vibrant, and the questions you’ve asked.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Michele. 🙂❤️

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  8. Ana Daksina says:

    Society girl. Boredom and jaded disillusionment were daily fare…

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Ana. I have been missing your posts – hope you are safe and well. ❤️

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      1. Ana Daksina says:

        Thank you for reaching back. Nothing has changed with regard to my Targeter, but I made it to this morning, maybe I’ll make it to tomorrow too. Your good wishes gratefully received here.

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  9. stolzyblog says:

    Something to do with the empty futility of luxuries?

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    1. Perhaps so…I am assuming this was a paid commission. That the artist captured this discontent is interesting to me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rob. 🙂

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  10. A gorgeous portrait. Perfectly positioned.

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    1. I love the composition, too, Vivienne. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  11. Beautiful! The delicate coral/pink dress is created with amazing colors. She looks coy to me. 🙂 I love the accompanying music, too.

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