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Dina Babanine - Dina Babanine painted in 1883 shows Maries...

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Dina Babanine , painted in 1883, shows Marie’s talent as a portrait artist and her expertise with pastels. The subject of this work, Dina, is Marie’s cousin, companion, and life-long friend who suffered an unhappy childhood after her father annulled his marriage, consequently making her and her brother illegitimate. At the Academie, Julian’s “standards reinforced the need to draw correctly, to be able to pose models to the best advantage…all these ideas underscored the value of portraiture… In an 1893 interview published in The Sketch of London, Julian reiterated the concept that portraiture was thought to be a ‘man’s specialty,’ yet women excelled at posing sitters and capturing their psychological depths” (Weisberg, 19). Dina’s face, neck and chest are painted in softly blended light tones, presenting her as a young woman, simply, but beautifully dressed in a décolleté gown of very pale blue with a fine, wide, white lacy collar. The viewer’s eyes are drawn to Dina’s dark blue eyes. They are as deeply dark as her lips are pale. Her mouth is full
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