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Jacques Louis David

PORTRAIT Mrs. BURON
(1769-1770, Chicago, Art Institute) Aunt David is depicted here in an intimate setting,
dictated by the artist’s deep affection for the model. The pose is clearly thought out: the woman seems to be protected from the light falling on her left, and the shadows on his face give him expressiveness. The look is not directed at a book open for reading, but directed beyond the picture.