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Charles-Joseph-Frédéric Soulacroix "Afternoon Tea for Three"

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This lovely 19th century oil on canvas by Charles-Joseph-Frédéric Soulacroix depicting three elegant Parisienne beauties dressed in gowns that shimmer with realistic, intricate detail in an opulent salon interior.

signed F. Soulacroix and inscribed Florence (lower right)
Circa 1890

Frame:
Height 49" (124 cm) 
Width 39" (99 cm) 

Canvas: 
Height 39" (99 cm) 
Width 30" (76 cm)

Charles Frederic Joseph Soulacroix was born in Montpellier in 1825, and studied under Ramy, Cornelius and Dumont. In 1845, Soulacroix entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and began showing his works at the Paris Salon in 1849. Following his success at the École des Beaux-Arts he travelled to Rome in 1850. In Rome he married Glacinta Diofebo where in 1858 Frederic was born. Charles Frederic Soulacroix continued to work in Italy, in Rome, Parma, Pisa, Livorno and Florence until 1863 when he returned to France to Boulogne sur Mer where he had been commissioned to paint frescoes in the dome of the Cathedral and six chapels. In 1870 he returned to Florence. Soulacroix specialized mainly in portraying the activities of his wealthy contemporaries. Soulacroix's greatest gifts lay in the art of reproducing the textures of silk and satin which clothed his elegant figures and decorated his lavish interiors. Soulacroix's paintings record superbly the lives of the more affluent French families, playing hide and seek, flirting, courting, playing with their pets or making their début at a ball. The work of Charles Frederic Joseph Soulacroix is represented in:, Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the Lord Mayor's Collection at the Mansion House, London; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington; Hillwood Museum, Washington DC.

If the women’s dresses in our painting are striking for their glowing satins and silks and intricate embroideries, the decor is itself as eye catching. Soulacroix really perfected the art of hyper-realism in his representation of the silk wall tapestry and the finely embroidered screen and sofa.  The intimacy of the scene and the flamboyant decor make our enchanting painting all the more alluring.  It is arguably one of the finest examples of Soulacroix’s famous “Silk and Satins” pictures