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Baronne Madeleine Deslandes

oil on canvas
115.5 × 58.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Andrew Sisson, 2005
Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Baronne Madeleine Deslandes (1866–1929) was an accomplished novelist who moved in literary and artistic circles in Paris. She was hostess of a busy salon that attracted many artists, poets and composers, such as Gabriel Fauré and Oscar Wilde. The Baronne perceived herself as something of a visionary; and Burne-Jones has made reference to this self-awareness by placing a laurel tree (a traditional emblem of prophecy) behind her, and a crystal ball on her lap. This may also account for the formal qualities of this work – the rather rigid pose of the sitter and her inwardly reflective expression.