Dans la Bibliotheque (1872). Auguste Toulmouche (French, 1829-1890). Oil on canvas.
Toulmouche specialized in paintings depicting beautiful women within interior scenes (Directoire/Costume paintings). He first exhibited in the Salon of 1848.
At the height of his career, Costume painting came into the forefront. Patrons reveled in depictions of sentimental, romantic daily life. Success depended on the expressiveness of the characters, a quality directly derived from history painting.