Reading the Last Will by François Adolphe Grison
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Reading the Last Will by François Adolphe Grison

Reading the Last Will by François Adolphe Grison

  • This humorous genre painting was composed by the French artist François Adolphe Grison
  • Grison imparts his subjects with a remarkable amount of personality and emotion
  • His ability to render intricate detail and texture is fully on display on the work
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François Adolphe Grison
1845-1914 | French

Reading the Last Will (Disinherited)

Signed “Grison” (lower right)
Oil on canvas

The great French painter François Adolphe Grison is best remembered for his realistic and cheerful genre paintings composed during the late 19th century. Reading the Last Will (Disinherited) captures the characteristic style of Grison’s paintings, which often focused on cheerful and humorous scenes of society. Here one sees an amusing group of individuals from various walks of life, all focused on the central figure of a lawyer reading a last will and testament. A range of emotions are viewed on the faces of the spectators, from a servant grinning with pleasure to an angry gentleman glowering in the background. Grison brings the scene to life with the remarkable sense of personality that he imparts in his figures, each reacting in their own way to the inheritance they may (or may not) have received.

The subject is an unusual one for genre paintings of the period, which more often focused on society at leisure. Grison demonstrates his artistic acumen in the work, not only in his ability to reveal the emotions of his subjects, but also in the incredible richness of detail that he imposes throughout the scene. From luxurious carpets to shimmering satins and rich embroidery, no detail has been left unfinished by the French master. Exquisitely rendered, this attention to detail was characteristic both of Grison’s output and of the finest French genre painting of the period.

Born in Bordeaux in 1845, Grison studied his craft under the famed sculptor Justin Lequien in Paris. By 1868, he settled in Geneva, though he earned commissions and exhibited in France throughout his career. He exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon beginning in 1873, as well as at the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français, where he became a member in 1883. He was awarded an honorable mention in 1885 and a third-class medal in 1890.

Canvas: 37 1/2” high x 47 1/2” wide
Frame: 43 3/8” high x 53” wide
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Framed:53.0"W x 43.375"H
Unframed:47.25"W x 37.5"H
Period: 1816-1918
Origin:France
Subject:Genre
Depth:3.0
Width:53.0
Height:43.375
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