Thursday, August 6, 2020

Georges Croegaert's Languorous Women and Off-Duty Cardinals

Georges Croegaert (1848-1923) was born in Antwerp and trained in art there. Then he moved to Paris where made his career. His Wikipedia entry is here.

These days his paintings can auction in the $15,000-$40,000 range, and apparently his career was successful. Rather than being avant-garde or painting strictly academic scenes, Croegaert seems to have settled into a groove of painting in genres popular with the art-buying public. In his case, these were images of attractive women in luxurious settings and pictures of Roman Catholic Cardinals in relaxed or informal settings.

Below are some examples of that variety of popular fare in the late 19th century and beyond.


La lecture - 1890
This painting and the next three depict women reading.

A Good Read

Jeune femme lisant dans un intérieur japonisant - 1887

Leisure Hours

Reflections - 1886
Now for two paintings featuring women looking into mirrors.

The Mirror

Dreams of the Orient
A languorous lady in an Orientalist setting (Orientalism was another popular genre).

A Distinguished Visitor
Now a few Cardinals scenes.

A Church Legacy

Après le café

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