11 Works, Today, March 30th. is artist François-Léon Benouville’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #88

François-Léon Benouville (French, 1821–1859)
Portrait of Leconte de Floris in an Egyptian Army Uniform, c. 1840

Oil on canvas
52 3/4 x 35 1/2 in
The Dahesh Museum of Art

This portrait was completed by Benouville around age 19, while he was likely still a student at the École des Beaux-Arts. The sitter was one of the French military officers sent to Egypt as envoys of King Louis-Philippe to thank the Viceroy Muhammad Ali Pasha, for donating the ancient Obelisk of Rameses II, erected in Paris’s Place de la Concorde in 1836. There are two preparatory sketches in the archives of the Louvre that show the sitter wearing a large turban, which in the final painting was transformed into a large red fez. These drawings come from the notebooks of Benouville’s brother. More on this painting

François-Léon Benouville (Paris 30 March 1821–16 February 1859 Paris) was a French painter noted for his Neoclassical religious compositions and for painting Orientalist subjects…

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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