Portrait of Doctor Alphonse Leroy

size(cm): 50x65
Sale price€217,95 EUR


The painting Portrait of Doctor Alphonse Leroy, made by the French artist Jacques-Louis David in 1783, is a work that stands out for its neoclassical style and its balanced and harmonious composition. The figure of Dr. Leroy, portrayed in his white coat and his serene gaze, stands in the center of the work, surrounded by elements that refer to his profession, such as a book and a mortar.

The coloring of the work is sober and elegant, with gray, brown and white tones predominating, which accentuates the feeling of seriousness and solemnity that the figure of the doctor conveys. However, the artist introduces a touch of color in the flower that Leroy holds in his right hand, a detail that provides an interesting contrast and suggests a certain sensitivity and delicacy in the portrayed character.

The history of the painting is also interesting, as it was commissioned by the Paris Academy of Medicine to commemorate Leroy's election as a member of the institution. In addition, it is known that David and Leroy were close friends, which may explain the closeness and trust that the portrait conveys.

A little-known aspect of the work is that it is actually a reduced version of a larger portrait that David had previously made, and which is currently in the Louvre Museum. Despite its small size, the Portrait of Doctor Alphonse Leroy retains all the strength and elegance of David's neoclassical style, becoming a work of great interest to lovers of art and history.

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