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Description of the painting by Jean Berault "Victoria"


"Victoria" belongs to the hand of Jean Bérault - French salon painter. At the heart of this trend is a rationalized, proven system of rules that prescribes a specific approach to the depiction of an object. Brilliant compositions and artistry, a tendency to an idealistic "sublime" reflection of the world.

Living and truly in love with Paris, J. Beraud captured the new look of his city. Street scenes of everyday life of citizens, exquisite ladies and elegant gentlemen of high society, commoners. The scene and scenes were diverse and striking with elaborate detail and the highest realism.

However, because of this, the master was ruthlessly criticized, accused of primitiveness and artificiality. Expressed in today's language, the visual technique of J. Bero was close to the photographic style of writing. Art historians and artists reproached him that such a style was convenient from a commercial point of view, consistent with the tastes of the public, but was unchanged and did not bring anything new, frozen in place.

However, paintings such as Victoria found their fans. Alas, little information has been preserved regarding this picture, as well as the entire work of J. Bureau. Therefore, it is impossible to say for sure whether the name was assigned to the picture, after the woman imprinted on it, or had a different meaning.

In the image of a lady coming out of the span, accidentally or intentionally “caught in the frame”, the image of not only a new city, but also a new time and new ideas is born. Bright colors, sweeping wide strokes, producing a sense of rapid and confident technique of the master. He seeks to convey the mood and moment of every day, understanding how everything is changeable and short-lived.

The right part of the picture, as if not completely written and, in general, makes an impression, a sketch, and not a fully completed work. It seems that this technique by J. Bero indicates that the “beautiful era”, as the French called it, has irrevocably gone.

Therefore, his works are simultaneously perceived as a new look at the renewed Paris and serve as an occasion to recall the past, to warm the heart with sad echoes of the past.





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