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Confidence

Painting, 1830, 45×34 cm

Description of the artwork «Confidence»

Swiss artist, Léopold Robert came to Paris in 1810 and trained in David's studio. The fall of the Empire and the political changes making Switzerland a foreign country prevented it from obtaining the Prix de Rome. Returning to his hometown, he became a portrait painter before going to Italy in 1818. In Rome, he frequented the French and exhibited in Paris at the Salon from 1822 to 1836 romantic paintings taking their source of inspiration from traditional Italian life. He had some success with these contemporary subjects which renewed neoclassical themes drawn from Roman history and showed Italy as a new source of inspiration, at a time when most romantics turned to the East: he presented at the Salon of 1827 The return of the feast of the Madonna of the Arc near Naples and at the Salon of 1828 The arrival of the harvesters in the Pontine Marshes (Paris, Louvre museum). But dissatisfied with working only in the minor genre of genre painting, he sought to renew himself and committed suicide in Venice in 1835, the same year as Gros.
Two young Roman peasant women, wearing traditional Italian costumes, have stopped in the countryside and put down their basket of apples which they carry on their heads, propped up on a square of fabric. One of them consoles his companion, who has just given in to confidences, hence the title of the painting. The sadness of the young girl, the basket overturned on the ground, the apple in her hand, symbolically evokes the loss of the young girl's virginity. The painting is made very picturesque by the shimmering colors of the costumes, but the subject remains a little cutesy.
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Genre scene

Style of art: Romanticism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1830

Size: 45×34 cm