This charming Carolus-Duran portrait shows a family group shows Madame Feydeau and her two young children.
Many English language pages identify the lady as Madame " Faydou ", but the proper spelling is Feydeau.
Carolus Duran painted them in 1897.
Madame Feydeau is the former Marie-Anne Carolus-Duran, the wife of George Feydeau, the child with the blue scarfe which Duran painted in 1870. She was also Duran's daughter. She was clearly an elegant, wealthy lady. She apparently asked her father ton paint the portrait.
The children are Germaine ( 8 years old) and her son Georges ( 6 years old). This familly was wealthy and lived an affluent bourgeoiser life during la Belle Epoc of Paris.
The boy looks to be wearing a dark-blue tunic suit with a Fauntleroy lace collar and bloomer knickers. He has dark three-quarter socks. The bloomer knickers would have been called " culotte ". A French reader tells us that " 'culote' was used instead of 'pantalon'. This was reserved to the former French revolutionnaires. And in this time, Revolutionair class was not specialy appreciated."
His slightly older sister wears an elaborate long dress which looks to be done in silver satin. Note the baloon sleeves which Madame Faydou also has, a fashionable dress style at the time which is useful in dating images.
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