Jean-Alphonse Duplessy / Cobbler's Quarters / 1860sJean-Alphonse Duplessy
Cobbler's Quarters

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Creator Name: Duplessy, Jean-Alphonse
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1817 - aft 1872
Biography: Duplessy's life and career are largely obscure. He was trained by Jean-Auguste Dubouloz (1800-1870), a former pupil of Gros (q.v.). Two of Duplessy's still lifes were accepted at the Salon of 1865, and he continued to exhibit there until 1872. No further biographical information is available beyond this date. In addition to his still lifes, he painted some interiors, but in all, few of his works are known.
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Paris
Creator Name-CRT: Jean-Alphonse Duplessy
Title: Cobbler's Quarters
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1860
Creation End Date: 1869
Creation Date: 1860s
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on fabric
Dimensions: Unframed: 60.5cm x 51.2cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1980.257
Credit Line: Bequest of Noah L. Butkin
Provenance: T. P. Grange, London (?). Private dealer, London, 1978. Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Butkin, Cleveland. Bequeathed to the CMA in 1980.
Context: This modest room is both the professional and personal domain of its inhabitant. Although the cobbler himself is not represented, he is nevertheless portrayed through all the details of his daily life. On the floor two pairs of boots wait to be repaired, surrounded by craftsman's tools. The pot-bellied stove in the middle of the room provides both heat and a place for cooking meals to be eaten at the folding table in the background at the left. The curtain behind the table probably hides an alcove with the cobbler's bed. A small statuette of Napoleon on the shelf at the upper right suggests the cobbler's political views. Next to it hangs a cage containing a green parakeet. Today the bird would undoubtedly be replaced by a radio, a necessary fixture to keep manual laborers company as they work.Little is known of Duplessy, who studied and worked in Paris, except that he concentrated on still-life painting. His interest in this subject can be seen in the careful renduring of object groupings in this scene. No records of the artist's life exist after 1872, the last year his work was shown at the annual Salon exhibition.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1980.257
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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