OIL PAINTING: La Demande En Mariage [The Marriage Proposal]
During his final years at the Academie, Soulacroix developed an interest in figure painting. Soulacroix decided to leave Paris. Soulacroix traveled to Dusseldorf where he began studies at the Academie under Peter Von Cornelias (1783-1867), one of Germany's premier genre painters. Cornelius' influence and rigorous curriculum helped Soulacroix develop into a mature genre painter. He was able to combine his talent as a sculptor with his understanding of anatomy into an unsurpassed method of painting genre.
Soulacroix made his debut at the Paris Salon of 1849. He rarely exhibited at the Salons. The commissions Soulacroix received left little time to exhibit.