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"Joan of Arc"
by Jeanne Antoinette Labrousse
This is perhaps our favorite Joan of Arc paining ever. We love Art Nouveau, and we love Labrousse's colors and details. In French, Joan of Arc is Jeanne d’Arc. Artist Jeanne Antoinette Labrousse painted this about 1918. As with her Madonna and Child painting, it was done in the Art Nouveau style. Known primarily in her day as a pen and ink illustrator for British publications, she also had a long career as a painter and had many shows at the Royal Academy and elsewhere. She had an exquisite and charming style which one reviewer of the day called—in typical English reserve and understatement—a “marked gift.”
Labrousse studied at Regent Street Polytechnic Institute in London under Harry George Theaker. He taught Art Nouveau and also became a successful book illustrator slightly before she did, so we assume he guided not only her art but also her early business career.
At the top of the picture are the names Jesus and Maria. The words on the bottom part are Latin: Consilio firmata Dei (Council Established by God), which to the French meant an emblem of a sword with a crown sitting around the tip of the blade, which is pointing towards the sky. It referred to Joan of Arc and the defense of France. (See illustration.)
We've included an example of her illustration work in this listing out of historical interest. (We don't send these as prints.)
(source: uni-heidelberg.de and elsewhere)
– 8.5 x 11" acid-free paper
– Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
– Cardboard backer
– Above story of the art
– Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.
** IMPORTANT ** There is about an inch-and-a-third of white space around the picture, so the image is smaller than the paper.
If you would like us to frame it for you, please select a frame above.
Thanks for your interest!
Sue & John
“In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art.” ~ St. Pope John Paul II
Original image is out-of-copyright. Descriptive text and image alterations (hence the whole new image) © by Sue Kouma Johnson – Classic Catholic Art.