Gustave Jacquet is most known for his portraiture and genre paintings. Jacquet studied under the great master Bouguereau, and during the early part of his career, his style reflected that of his teacher. He debuted at the Salon in 1865, exhibiting an allegorical painting. The majority of his works shown at the Salons were in small formats. His career at the Salon was quite successful, as he won a medal in 1868, and was awarded the Legion d' honneur in 1879. He was also successful at the 1878 Exposition.
Jacquet was fascinated with the subject of beautiful young women and the subject fills the majority of his prolific body of work. Even in a sketch, such as this particular example, one can easily see how he delicately works up soft skin tones using glazing techniques learned from Bouguereau in order to capture the natural and real beauty of his subject.
R. Strauss, Hamburg, Germany
Christopher Wood, London
Didier Aaron, New York, NY
Todd M. Volpe