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Alfred-Philippe Roll
Félix Faure and His Grandson
c. 1895 - 1899
oil on canvas
Canvas: 26 3/8 × 31 inches (67 × 78.7 cm)Framed: 27 1/2 × 32 × 1 1/2 inches (69.9 × 81.3 × 3.8 cm)
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Museum purchase wtih funds provided by George J. Baldwin, Alexander R. Lawton, William W. Mackall, and J. Florance Minis.
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A native of Paris, Alfred Philippe Roll attended the École des Beaux-Arts, where he studied under Henri-Joseph Harpignies and Charles-François Daubigny, both landscape artists with strong connections to the Barbizon school. Roll became a favorite of the French government, which appreciated the “acceptable modernity” of his style. He completed numerous official government portraits, commemorative pictures, and grandiose public murals. He was a Salon juror, as well as a co-founder and president of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. In 1883 he was made a chevalier, and ultimately a commander, of the French Legion of Honor.

After 1888 his style began to reflect the influence of French Impressionism, evidenced by a brighter palette and relaxed brushstrokes. He became fascinated with sunlight, often making preliminary sketches outdoors to capture the light more accurately. This painting, executed at the subject’s home, is a refreshingly informal oil sketch for a portrait of Félix Faure, a President of the French Republic.