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Picturing a World

Marie Bracquemond at her easel

I only recently found Dammouse’s pastel of Marie Braqemond at the Galerie Ary Jan in Paris (where it sold). The picture feels like reentering Jeanette’s world, and so it’s a good place to begin running through Where the Light Falls again, more or less chronologically.

My first ever post showed three women artists in a studio. Because I love novels in which I share friendships vicariously, Jeanette’s time with Amy, Emily, and Sonja was always a major theme for me. Another was the seriousness with which women artists worked in the 19th C—a dedication that seems evident in this image. It looks to me as though Mme. Bracquemond is copying a drawing propped up against a canvas on her easel. Does anyone read the picture differently?

For period atmosphere, note the Asian screens in the background to the right and the blue-and-white ceramics in the upper left.

Not only is this image new to me, but so is Edouard Dammouse. I’ll be writing a post on him later when we get to the porcelain manufacturer from Limoges who attends Mrs. Renick’s garden party. It’s enough to say here that Dammouse was a primarily a ceramics artist who worked for Marie’s husband, Felix Bracquemond.
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