A beautiful maiden admires her reflection in this stunning oil on canvas by French Academic painter Guillaume Seignac. Draped in diaphanous fabrics that hug her lush, partially exposed form, this young woman epitomizes the figures typically seen in Seignac’s work. The artist is best known for his allegorical subjects rendered with exacting precision, which he frequently depicted through the idealized female nude in classically inspired settings. In terms of style, Seignac’s paintings are perfect examples of the forms favored by the Paris Salon during his lifetime.
Born in Rennes in 1870, Guillaume Seignac began his training in Paris in 1889 at the Academie Julian. He worked primarily as a student of William Bouguereau, whose influence can be seen in both the style and subject matter of his work. Seignac frequently exhibited at the Paris Salon, and his meticulousness and a keen sense of balance and color won him numerous medals, including an honorable mention in 1900 and a third-class medal in 1903.
Trained in the Academic style of the École des Beaux-Arts, Seignac embraced both the techniques and classical subject matter of the Italian Renaissance masters, whose work enjoyed a surge in popularity in Paris in the late 19th century. As with most French Academic painters, Seignac’s technical skills are masterful, while his color balances and compositional style are on par with the great artists of the Renaissance. During his lifetime, Seignac’s compositions appealed to both traditional art buyers and avant-garde connoisseurs alike, and he enjoyed financial success and critical acclaim. This stunning work exemplifies the incredible skill and delicate artistry for which Seignac is renowned.
Canvas: 46 1/4” high x 31” wide
Frame: 53 3/4” high x 39” wide
Signature: Signed “G-Seignac” (lower left)