Jules Frederic Ballavoine (1855-1901)
[Jules Ballavoine, J. Ballavoine]
Jules Frederic Ballavoine, who is a Parisian by birth, and has had his share of Salon honors,
is a pupil of Pils, who was the master of so many French artists of the foremost talent.
His "Lassitude" is a model in its department of his art.
"Fragility" is one of a series of decorative panels painted by J.F. Ballavoine for
the boudoir of a Paris mansion. The subject is a fair social enchantress who, after a great ball,
has disrobed and casts herself wearily on her couch, and in doing so has broken the pearl ornaments she wears in her hair.
A natural idea might suggest itself to a possibly cynical observer that the jewel was not the only fragile
object in the picture.
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