Large French Officer Portrait

2,680.00

Large and impressive French portrait of a French Officer.

Large and elegant portrait of a man in military uniform. Oil on canvas. Signature by N. Chaillou. 

Art Historical Analysis
The painting was done by French artist Narcisse Chaillou (1835-1916), whose works were exhibited in Parisian salons such as the Salon de Paris and the Salon des Artistes Français. Today, his works can be found in both museums and private collections.

The heraldry in the top right corner has symbolic meaning; the particular design of the crown represents the status of a French marquis, and the coat of arms below it depicts griffins, lions, and hearts, which symbolize military leadership, nobility, and loyalty, respectively. 

The uniform of the officer gives some information about his military rank and position, and suggests that he served the French Third Republic in the First World War. The uniform is consistent with the style worn by high-ranking officers, such as generals or lieutenant-colonels, from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. The style of the collar insignia, with a gold number on a dark backing with a 3-point outer end, is specifically characteristic of the 1914-1918 style. The number 10 indicates the unit the officer belonged to. The badge that he wears on his chest is a legion d’honneur, the highest French order of military and civil merit. This badge can be divided into five degrees of distinction; the placement and design of the badge worn by this officer reveals that he belongs in the degree of chevalier (knight).

Measurements: H 133 cm. W 89 cm. 

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Description

Large French portrait of a French Officer.

Large and elegant portrait of a man in military uniform. Oil on canvas. Signature by N. Chaillou.