René-Charles Dassy and His Brother Jean-Baptiste-Claude-Amédé Dassy

René-Charles Dassy and His Brother Jean-Baptiste-Claude-Amédé Dassy

1850

Hippolyte Jean Flandrin

(French, 1809-1864)

Oil on canvas, original frame

Framed: 173.5 x 134 x 14 cm (68 5/16 x 52 3/4 x 5 1/2 in.); Unframed: 133.4 x 92.7 cm (52 1/2 x 36 1/2 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2000.17

Fun Fact

Thin walking sticks, like the one pictured here, were trendy accessories at the time.

Description

This double portrait depicts two brothers dressed in the height of fashion for the 1850s, clearly asserting their social status. Jean-Baptiste (left, age 23) carries gloves and a walking stick. René-Charles (right, age 25) wears an embroidered black velvet suit in the exotic à la Grec mode inspired by the Greek war of independence (1821-32). Flandrin represents the figures in an academic style emphasizing line over color, reflecting his training as a pupil of J. A. D. Ingres.

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