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 Raffaëlli, Jean François (French painter, printmaker, and sculptor, 1850-1924) , Le Reveil

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Title Le Reveil
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Raffaëlli, Jean François (French painter, printmaker, and sculptor, 1850-1924)
Date Earliest about 1885
Date Latest about 1895
Signed yes
Description Raffaelli is perhaps best known for his detailed description of the Parisian industrial scene and his interest in the portrayal of social outcasts. In later life, his works became more picturesque with views of Paris and French seaports.

Le Reveil (the awakening) at first appears to represent a charming domestic scene. However, it has Symbolist overtones as the title indicates deeper themes of awakening sexuality. The central placement of the figure gives the work an emblematic feel and lends a symbolic weight to the image. The dominance of white tones and the bed strewn with flowers also suggest purity, fragility and transience. Whistler's White Girl (1861) is a similarly symbolic treatment of domestic Impressionist subject matter.

Current Accession Number 1953P449
Former Accession Number P.449´53
Inscription front ll "J F RAFFAELLI"
Subject everyday life
Measurements 78.7 x 67.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from Arthur Tooth & Sons 1953.
Principal Exhibitions Paris-Londres, Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, 1953, cat. no. 4; Nineteenth Century French Pictures, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth, 1960, cat. no. 44; French Impressionism: Treasures of the Midlands, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1991, cat. no. 53; White Magic, The Lowry, 2005.
Publications Catalogue of Paintings in Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, 1960; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 119.
Notes A similar white-toned painting of the same young girl wearing the same nightgown with wild flowers seated on a bed was sold at Sotheby's, 22 November 1978, lot 90.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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