Jacquet, Gustave Jean(French, 1846-1909)
Gustave Jacquet’s first and only official teacher was William Adolphe Bouguereau, whose influence was evident in Jacquet’s early work. Jacquet debuted at the Salon of 1865 with an allegory, “The Dream,” a painting that one could easily mistake for one by Bouguereau.
In the following years, he developed his own style of genre painting based on the technical mastery he had acquired from his teacher but with his own unique flair. In great detail the works evoked the elegant life of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. In 1868, he was awarded a third-class medal for his Departure of the Army in the 16th Century. Around this same time he began doing fine portraits, sometimes dressing his sitters in costumes from earlier eras, as is the case with “Lovely Maiden.”
In 1875, Jacquet obtained a first-class medal and was decorated by the Legion of Honor in 1879, a clear indication of his success.
Jacquet’s career was consistent throughout his life. He was a tireless worker, producing many paintings, each one done with beautiful and caring detail. Jacquet’s delicate rendering of fabrics, skin, hair, and textiles clearly illustrates his artistic skill and love of painting. Throughout his painting career, Jacquet’s nudes were particularly gracious and feminine and his portraits capture the character and elegance of the sitters.
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