The Socialite Victory or The Worldy Triumph

Paul-Albert Besnard French

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Paul-Albert Besnard (1849-1934) was a student of the academic painter Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889), won the prix de Rome in 1874 and was among the founders of the Société Nationale in 1890. Throughout his career his style remained in between academic and impressionistic. During the last thirty years of his life he held important positions in the Académie de France in Rome, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, the Académie française, the Académie de Saint Luc and the Royal Academy.
This etching portrays the triumph of the elegant and beautiful woman who, after some months, becomes known as "the most beautiful woman in Paris". She appears here under electric lamps, leaving one of many soirées she attends. The master of the house bows down and kisses her hand while a valet searches for her jacket.

The Socialite Victory or The Worldy Triumph, Paul-Albert Besnard (French, Paris 1849–1934 Paris), Etching; first state of three; very rare

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