Bonaparte, the Unfinished Portrait


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlthough it is  neither signed nor dated, the dog-ears — the long hair flapping on each side of the high collar, as well as the silk scarf tightly wrapped around the neck, betray a young man in the days of the Directory; then, even though we cannot see them, the general should be sporting a pair of pointy, flat-sole boots and an over-sized hat. By 1800 all of these elements of fashion are considered reactionary — too many allusions to the guillotine, all to be outlawed by Napoleon himself; but around 1797-98 we see a young man very much willing to be associated with the Parisian groovy crowd, the Incredible and the Marvelous. In just a couple of years his views undergo some change — these things happen; there is only one item he keeps till the end, the famous hat.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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