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Boilly and Irony

Prud’hon was the last of his kind, a master of allegory, he lauded the powers-that-be in the best of the fading XVIII century tradition. In the drawing above, titled Peace, Prud’hon promenades the victorious Napoleon in the triumphal procession across … Continue reading

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Virginity According to Boilly

Jean-Baptist Greuze puts a dead bird in the painting to grieve over the innocence lost; to Pierre-Léopold Boilly the same moment in the life of a woman means discovery of some extra joy; consequently, his bird is out of the … Continue reading

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No Allegory — Pure Sex and Nothing Else

In 1794, during the days of Terror, Jean-Baptiste Wicar denounced to the Committee for Public Health his fellow painter, Louis-Leopold Boilly. Boilly risked a meeting with guillotine for creating some works of art whose subject matter did not reflect the … Continue reading

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