Afternoon Tea for Three by Charles-Joseph-Frédéric Soulacroix

  • Three fashionable young ladies gossip over tea in this work by Charles-Joseph-Frédéric Soulacroix
  • A master at depicting textures with remarkable realism, Soulacroix is one of the best of his genre
  • Soulacroix was celebrated for his scenes of the wealthy French bourgeoisie at leisure
  • His depictions of young society beauties in silks and satins are his most coveted
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Charles-Joseph-Frédéric Soulacroix
1825-1879 | French

Afternoon Tea for Three

Oil on canvas
Signed and inscribed ‘F. Soulacroix/Florence’ (lower right)

A charming threesome sits down for afternoon tea in this work by renowned costume painter Charles-Joseph-Frédéric Soulacroix. A master at depicting the silks and satins so popular among the fashionable elite of his age, Soulacroix has attired his carefree young subjects in gowns that shimmer with realistic, intricate detail. The intimacy of the tableau and the extravagant surroundings make this enchanting oil on canvas all the more enticing.

A superb record of the lives of the affluent French elite, Soulacroix's costumed figures embody the elegance and luxury of the most fashionable of the great French salons. The artist was arguably the most famous and accomplished painter of this idealized genre, referred to as the “Silk and Satins School” of the costume painters. Few could match the remarkable level of detail and realism he imparted onto each sumptuous canvas.

Soulacroix began studying art at the age of 25 at the esteemed École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and started exhibiting his works just four years later at the Paris Salon. Though he painted a number of historical scenes, it is his depictions of affluent French families in Napoleonic-era costumes that are his most popular among avid art collectors. He is touted for superbly recording the lives of the wealthy in their everyday luxurious pursuits - from taking tea to playing hide-and-seek and debuting at a ball to tending to a pet. He combined fantasy with reality, sensuality with sensibility and, above all, infused his compositions with an aura of luxury and sophistication.

Canvas: 34 1/4” high x 26 1/4” wide
Frame: 48 3/4" high x 40 3/4" wide
Afternoon Tea for Three by Charles-Joseph-Frédéric Soulacroix
Maker: Soulacroix_Charles_Joseph_Frederic
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Depth: 4.25 Inches
Width: 40.75 Inches
Height: 48.75 Inches
Style: Academic
Canvas Width: 26 1/4 Inches
Canvas Height: 34 1/4 Inches

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