Joseph Caraud (French, 1821 – 1905) was a brilliant French genre painter who excelled in the portrayal of Victorian genre scenes of elegant women. He was influenced by Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825), a major authority during the romantic movement in France. David’s artistic concepts focused on the dramas of Victorian life and romanticism along with the courts of Louis XIV, XV, and XVI, and Marie Antoinette. The renowned leader of the Romantic movement, Eugène Delacroix was a contemporary influence for Caraud as well. Caraud’s works are thus imbued with themes of Romanticism resulting from his experiences in Paris and London during that time.
“Flowers for a Lady” is an example of a historical subject in Victorian life that has elements of Romanticism and Realism. Infectious diseases, like tuberculosis, were major causes of Victorian mortality and became popular themes in literature and art. Here, the viewer can feel and sense the concern of the children and family members for the health of the lady of the house, with vivid realism. This painting features a delightful Victorian scene in true Caraud style, there is only one light source, that emanates from the open door, which is used to highlight the importance of the lady to the family. She is the focal point of everyone around her. On a deep level, the painting conveys the love and bond of family. This would be a make a sentimental gift to any lady that gives meaning to your life. The signature can be found on the front lower right corner of the canvas. On average, works by this celebrated artist go as high as six figures.
Canvas only : H: 25.5 in. W: 32.5 in.
With Gilt Frame: H: 32.75 in. W: 39 in. D= 2.5 in.