L'Ambitieuse (Political Woman) by James Tissot, 1883-1885. Oil on canvas. 56 x 40 inches
🏛🏛 Location: Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
🎬🎬 Background: L'Ambitieuse (Political Woman), also known as The Reception, is part of a series of fifteen paintings that James Tissot completed between 1883 and 1885.
📽📽 A study of society: This series, entitled “La femme à Paris” or the “Woman in Paris”, communicates the artist’s observations and impressions on late nineteenth-century Parisian society. The political sphere occupied by this painting’s héroïne is the social arena. The visual narrative depicted in the composition indicates that the young woman is aiming to improve her social status by presenting herself as a stylish guest in the ballrooms/ salons frequented by the French upper class.
🖼🖼 How to look it: As mentioned in an exhibition catalogue published by the Arthur Tooth Gallery in London, where this painting was exhibited in 1886, the main figure’s pink gown, “ . . . is a marvel of the dressmaker’s art, with its multitude of tiny flounces, its black girdle, its pink sash, and the color of her pink ostrich feather fan has been carefully studied and matched.” All in all, this painting is a social experiment illustrating the inner workings and trends of late nineteenth century fashionable and urban society and the behaviours/attitudes of its socialites.
#artoftheday #art #society #scene #nightlife #socialite #ball #paris #ballgown #dress #colours #dinner #colour #scene #vibrant #urban #colourful #dress #painter #artist #artistsofinstagram #citylife #pink #artwork #dia #detroit