French Artist (1854 - 1927)
'Nude' dated: 1907
Oil on canvas
13 x 16 in.
Musee du Luxembourg, Paris;
Musee Bayeux; Musee de Mulhouse
Schurr: Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres Francais: 1820-1920, 1996.
After studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, Berton was admitted to the Ecole des Beaux Arts under the direction of the master artist Cabanel. His sudden loss of hearing prompted him to spend much of his time studying the masters at the Louvre. His work was exhibited at the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts from 1910 to 1921 where is received a Gold Medal. This particular work was exhibited in the 1921 retrospective of the artist in the Salon des Beaux Arts in Paris. He was decorated with the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 1900.
Berton’s favorite subject matter was the female nude, especially in front of her vanity. She is often depicted in pale, luminous tonalities with hazy contours that conceal her nudity. Here, she is discretely viewed from behind, her satiny skin and curved back delicately highlighted, and her reflection in the mirror opening up the pictorial surface and adding a note of intimacy to the composition.