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Jacques-Louis David (1748  1825)  Portrait of Madame Récamier  Oil on canvas, 1800  174 cm × 224 cm (68.50 in × 88.58 in)  Louvre, Paris, France
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Title: Madame Récamier
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Jacques-Louis David (1748 1825)
Portrait of Madame Récamier
Oil on canvas, 1800
174 cm × 224 cm (68.50 in × 88.58 in)
Louvre, Paris, France

Portrait of Madame Récamier is an 1800 portrait of Juliette Récamier by Jacques Louis David showing her reclining on an empire style sofa in an empire line dressed as a modern vestal virgin. He began it in May 1800 but voluntarily left it unfinished when he learned that François Gérard had been commissioned before him to paint a portrait of the same model (Gerard's portrait was completed in 1802). The pose of a reclining figure looking back over her shoulder was adopted in 1814 by Ingres for his Grande Odalisque. It is now in the Louvre.

In Creatures in an Alphabet, Djuna Barnes wrote of the subject as

The Seal, she lounges like a bride,
Much too docile, there's no doubt;
Madame Récamier, on side,
(if such she has), and bottom out.

René Magritte also parodied David's painting in his own Perspective: Madame Récamier by David, showing a coffin reclining, now in the National Gallery of Canada.

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Jacques-Louis David (1748  1825)  Portrait of Madame Récamier  Oil on canvas, 1800  174 cm × 224 cm (68.50 in × 88.58 in)  Louvre, Paris, Francebonaparte_calm_on_a_fiery_steed_crossing_the_alps.jpgbrutus.jpg
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