LEMOYNE, François
(b. 1688, Paris, d. 1737, Paris)

Amorous Proposal

c. 1725
Oil on canvas, 99 x 145 cm
The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown

A young woman, cooling herself with a damp handkerchief, is surprised by an older man wearing heavy, fur-lined clothes. He seems to be asking her a question, sometimes interpreted as a proposal, but the painting's precise subject remains unclear. Lemoyne set up distinct contrasts of texture, colour, and light, which could be appreciated from a distance. The elongated shape and slight forward tilt of the figures suggest that the painting was intended to be viewed from below, perhaps originally installed over a door in a domestic interior.

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