In the tradition of Domergue’s elegant society women, the central female figure of our painting is fashionably dressed. She is wearing a strapless dress with black gloves, though less of her dress is visible than is typical with Domergue’s works. Nearly all the focus is instead on her creamy and graceful décolleté and playful expression, set off by a white flower necklace and white and black hat. Her posture is graceful, with one arm leaning on the balcony’s railing. She stares out directly at the viewer with a seductive gaze and bright red lips. Behind her, painterly swirls indicate figures placed in balconies, suggesting an opera house or theatre, set against a backdrop of electrifying red.
Signature: Signed lower right: Jean Gabriel Domergue
Private collection, The Netherlands