A young woman kneeling invites us to contemplate : equally charming as she is enigmatic, she draws us in with herair of mystery. Is she contemplating ? Or is she filled with a sense of melancholy ? Whilst the clarity of her skin shows her softness and vulnerability, the violet mist in a thousand shades and her dark hair reveal analmost impenetrable side to her.
Roses and spray roses, purple cosmos… Our artisan florists have chosen flowers in tones which transport us to a universe which is both gentle and inaccessible, where shade and light delicately blend. In a style which is reminiscent of the hair and dress of the young girl, sea lavender and panicgrass convey delicacy and lightness.
A female artist of the 19th century, Aimée Brune stuns spectators with the perfection of her brush strokes. During her career, she often exhibited from her Parisian studio. For women, this event was a platform for self-expression, a rare opportunity at the time. At the time it was exhibited, Une jeune fille à genoux or 'A young girl kneeling' became the object of attention and scrutiny for many.
A painting which was executed with such fine skill could only have been the work of a masculine artist, according to popular opinion in the 19th century. The surprise and enthusiasm of critics and public visitors could not have been greater when the artist, Aimée Brune, revealed herself to be the author.
A floral composition which gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a timeless moment.
Height of bouquet : 45 cm
Painting: Aimée Brune, A young woman kneeling, 1839
Musée des Beaux-arts d'Orléans
Crédits photo : François Lauginie