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Inspired by the Italian Renaissance artist Correggio, Prud'hon developed a distinctive style of graceful, dreamlike beauty. A favorite of Napoleon and his wife Josephine, he became the French Empire's official designer of parades and other state functions, and painted numerous decorations for...

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Boisfremont collection; by inheritance to his daughter, Madame Power; by 1874, gift of Madame Power to Laurent Laperlier [see note 1]; February 17, 1879, sold at posthumous Laperlier sale, at Delestre, Paris, lot 37. By 1912, Henri Rouart; December 11, 1912, sold at Rouart sale, at Lair-Dubreuil, Baudoin, Paris, lot 62, and bought by the MFA. (Accession date: February 6, 1913) NOTES: [1] see S. Laveissière, "Prud'hon ou le rêve du bonheur," 1997, no.105

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Special Fund for the Purchase of Pictures

about 1812–20


116.5 x 88.9 cm (45 7/8 x 35 in.)

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Oil on canvas