Ludmila Komar, Princess de Beauvau-Craon, 1849


Ludmila Komar by Paul Delaroche, 1849

Louise Eugénie Alexandrine Joséphine de Komar (1819/20-1881), Princess of Beauvau-Craon. She was the second wife of Charles-Just de BEAUVAU-CRAON, Prince de Beauvau-Craon whom she married 7 April 1839. They had two daughters: Elisabeth de BEAUVAU-CRAON 1842-1898 Béatrix de BEAUVAU-CRAON (1844-1895). She was the sister of Delphine Komar, aka Delfina Potocka

To the amiable Princess de Beauvau Chopin dedicated his famous Polonaise in F sharp minor, op.44, written in the brilliant bravura style for pianists of the first force.

During his lifetime Delaroche was as famous as his contemporary Delacroix. His style lies somewhere between historical realism and Romanticism, embodying that golden mean of aesthetics. At thirty-five, he was elected to the Institut, becoming its youngest member and its first Romantic artist. When not travelling, he stayed in Nice, where his circle of friends included the Princess of Beauvau-Craon.

This noblewoman of Polish birth and her sister Delphine played a leading role in the intellectual and fashionable life of Paris. Both adored reading, music (they were very close to Chopin) and painting. It was out of affection that the artist painted oval portraits of them (the other is in a private collection in the United Kingdom). The princess’s poetic, rather languid is exemplarily Romantic. In its frame of twined roses and sentimental pose, this canvas belongs among the few and outstanding portraits painted by Delaroche. There is another painting of Ludmila, see this link here.


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