Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825): Portrait of Emilie3/28/2021, 4:21:11 PM
Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825): Portrait of Emilie Sériziat and her Son, 1795, Oil on canvas, 131 x 96 cm, Musée du Louvre, Paris When David was released from the Luxembourg prison at the end of December 1794, he became ill and so requested permission from the Convention to visit his wife's sister and her husband, Emilie and Pierre Sériziat, at their country house in Saint Ouen, near Tournan-en-Brie, about 32 km east of Paris. This visit was cut short by the accusations of May 1795 and arrest, but he returned there, accompanied by a guard, to recuperate after his second and final release in August. He then painted the portraits of his hosts. Madame Sériziat is shown in an interior setting with her young son, having just returned from a walk. Her cheeks are ruddy and she carries a recently picked bunch of wild flowers which are painted in a lively but meticulous manner. Most worthy of note would be the elegant hat which matches her bow in colours and formality. She perches on a small pink seat, whilst her child looks on at the viewer from an angle. The son has red hair and matches his mother in white clothing that covers all of his body. David aims hereto capture both figures in the best light possible and communicate the close bond between them.