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Joseph Ducreux

Portrait of an Aristocrat in Uniform

Portrait of an Aristocrat in Uniform, Joseph Ducreux
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Portrait of an Aristocrat in Uniform is an Academic Oil on Canvas Painting created by Joseph Ducreux from 1785 to 1790. It lives in a private collection. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Portraits. SourceDownload

Assumed to depict a major in the fourth battalion of the Chasseurs des Cevennes, this is one of Ducreux’s more formal portraits. While it lacks the jaunty attitude of his self-portaits, Ducreux always provides a peek into the character of the sitter — in this case, a hint of arrogance or disdain. Or perhaps this aristocrat is simply trying to ignore a bad smell.

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