Portrait of Christine Boyer: Antoine-Jean Gros

Antoine-Jean Gros: Portrait of Christine Boyer

Here is an 1800 portrait of Christine Boyer by Antoine-Jean Gros, as a member of the then ascendant Bonaparte family. She was the wife of Lucien, Napoleon’s younger brother. She was to die later that year in childbirth.

She is painted in somewhat of a dramatic, if not tragic, demeanor by the artist; her gaze averted from us and head downcast in a darkened grotto. The flower towards which she looks in the water in the foreground, is a presage of her young life cut short at the age of 28.

Antoine-Jean Gros’s Portrait of Christine Boyer is in the Louvre in Paris, France.

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