Adelaide Salles-Wagner (1825-1890)
||Jacquand and Cogniet
Mme. Adelheid Salles-Wagner, born in 1825 in Dresden, is the elder of two sisters, both of whom are
well-known painters. Her family name is Wagner. Her sister Elise, who became Madame Puyroche, devoted
herself to flower painting. Adelheid studied the figure, first at the Dresden Academy and later under
Jacquand and Cogniet in Paris. There she met and married the well-known artist Jules Salles [Jules Salles-Warner (1814-1898)], a native
of Nimes and pupil of Paul Delaroche. Mme. Salles-Wagner made her first successes with portraits, in
oil and in pastel, and then produced a series of mythological and religious pictures of rare merit.
In her present picture, the chaste Arethusa, persecuted by the persistent attentions of the love
smitten Arcadian river-god Alpheius, prays to Diana for protection against his unwelcome importunities,
and is being changed by her into the magic fountain of Artygia.
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