OIL PAINTING: An Exotic Beauty in an Interior, 1883
Toulmouche was a painter depicting beautiful women within interior scenes (Directoire / Costume paintings) - An Exotic Beauty in an Interior, Vanity, The New ArrivalThe Letter, Consolation.
At the height of Toulmouche's career the phenomenon called Costume painting came into the forefront of 19th century painting. These contemporary tastes belonged to a growing number of people who reveled in depictions of sentimental, romantic daily life. The subject matter of a painting was the primary consideration, and its success depended on the expressiveness of the characters, a quality directly derived from history painting. Toulmouche was amongst a select group including Jules Emile Saintin (1829-1894), Joaquin Pallares y Allustante (late 19th century), and Charles Joseph Frederick Soulacroix (1825-?).