Sir David Wilkie⁣ Josephine and the Fortune-Teller⁣ 1837⁣

9/19/2021, 6:57:12 PM
Sir David Wilkie⁣ Josephine and the Fortune-Teller⁣ 1837⁣ “Josephine is represented as a young woman in Martinique, hearing the fortune-teller reading her palm predict her elevation to Empress. The subject is taken from Josephine's Memoirs of Napoleon, which appeared in 1829.⁣ Because of her Creole origin Josephine Bonaparte was believed to be very superstitious. This painting shows how the art of fortunetelling accompanied the Empress in two key moments of her life.⁣ ⁣ Sir Wilkie was Scottish, born is Cults in 1785 and died in 1841 in at sea off Gibraltar, en route to Britain. In life he achieved international recognition and was appointed Painter to the King in 1830 and knighted in 1836. Sir Wilkie established himself as a genre-painter highly influenced by the 17th-century Dutch artists and therefore focusing on portraits and detailed villages’ life scenes. However, after travelling to Italy and Spain his style shifted dramatically. He abandoned homely and genre-related subjects for historical themes and employed more powerful colours and a broader touch.⁣ ⁣ The painting shows a young Josephine while she was still in Martinique, as the black child beside her and the black servant on the back suggest. In the scene, she is hearing the fortune-teller reading her hand and foreseeing her future as Empress. The subject is taken from Josephine's Memoirs of Napoleon, which was published in 1829. The painting freezes the scene in the exact moment of the response, as shown by the moving foulard on the fortune-teller’s hat. All characters in the pictures, including the fortune-teller and the servant, are pointing at Josephine, who is the focus of the scene. The expression on the faces of Josephine and the old lady beside her reflects gratification at hearing the news and reveal Josephine’s ambition. Clearly, the fortune-teller is recognised as worth of trust in that house.”⁣ #paintings #painting #artlovers #artists #famousart #artlegends #art #thearts #everythingart #arteverything #artislife #artislife e🎨 #dailyart #fineart #artoftheday #artstagram #artofinstagram #arthistorian #arthistorynerd #arthistory #historyofart #artlove #artpreciatetheday #davidwilkie

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