The Toast by Adolphe Alexandre Lesrel

  • One of France's elite genre painters, Adolphe Alexandre Lesrel, composed this spirited work
  • Lesrel is renowned for his highly detailed renderings of lustrous fabrics and exquisite interiors
  • Capturing a group of gentleman sharing a toast, this work displays his technical mastery
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Adolphe Alexandre Lesrel
1839-1929 | French

The Toast

Signed and dated "A.A. LESREL 1904" (lower right)
Oil on panel

A spirited group of gentlemen share a toast in this composition by French artist Adolphe Alexandre Lesrel. Considered one of France's elite genre painters, Lesrel is renowned for his highly detailed renderings of lustrous fabrics, exquisite interiors and, of course, dashing cavaliers. His genius lay in his ability to render his subjects with extraordinary detail and vibrancy of both color and light. This painting, entitled The Toast, showcases the technical mastery of Lesrel's work as it captures a wide range of complex textures, from rich woods and woven tapestries to the satin musketeer costumes, each so brilliantly executed.

Born in 1839, Lesrel developed a style based on his study of the works of contemporary French painter Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier, as well as 17th-century Dutch masters such as Rembrandt. Lesrel's compositions are characterized by his excruciating attention to the details of his subject's dress and surroundings. Cardinals and elegant ladies all found a place in his work, but it was his dramatic cavaliers who captured the imagination of his admirers and elevated him to the upper echelons of French and English art societies. His paintings proved popular as they coincided with a contemporary nostalgic fascination with French history, a testament to which is the near-contemporary publication of famed French author Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers.
,br>Lesrel exhibited regularly throughout his career and won an honorable mention at the prestigious Paris Salon in 1889. He became a member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1890. Lesrel's work was also lauded in England, where he exhibited extensively at the Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery in London. 

Dated 1904

Panel: 22 3/4" high x 26 1/2" wide
Frame: 28 7/8" high x 32 3/4" wide
The Toast by Adolphe Alexandre Lesrel
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Depth: 2.13 Inches
Width: 32.75 Inches
Height: 28.88 Inches
Style: Academic
Canvas Width: 26.5 Inches
Canvas Height: 22.75 Inches

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