Jules Bastien-Lepage: Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt (1879)

Jules Bastien-Lepage (French, 1848-1884), Portrait de Sarah Bernhardt, inscribed, signed and dated ‘A SARAH BERNHARDT/JULES BASTIEN=LEPAGE. 1879’ (upper left) oil on canvas, Image Source: Christie’s

“By its very nature, a profile is more intimate than a full face; we observe without being observed. The mask is not in place and the eyes do not distract. In this instance, they cast their gaze upon a sculpture as a connoisseur might, and the piece Mlle Bernhardt delicately fingers is that of Orpheus, given to her to hold at this moment by Bastien-Lepage, in order to compliment and express her aspirations as a sculptor (fig. 3).6


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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh, to have that elegant posture! Lovely painting!❤️

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    1. Good morning, Sister Renee – I marvel at that posture! lol 🙂🌺

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      1. Me too! I wonder how long she had to sit like that? 😳😬

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      2. She makes it look so easy, doesn’t she? 🙂🌺

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  2. Stunning in so many ways!

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    1. My sentiments exactly, Rosaliene! Now I want to know more about Sarah Bernhardt. 🙂🌺

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  3. Boy, I love this one. Her dress is exquisite. 🙂 What a lovely post! Thank you!

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    1. Good morning, Sheila! I am so pleased you enjoy this one, too. 🙂🌺

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  4. Such a stunning portrait.

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    1. Agree! He is a brilliant artist. 😎🌺


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