|Jean-François de Troy, Before the Ball. Oil on canvas, 1735. The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center|
I absolutely love this painting, and thought I would share it. So much to do and excitement before a ball, you can feel the anticipation from everyone. Evening has fallen, and we are getting ready....the food, the drinks, the dancing, friends, fashions...!
The artist de Troy was known for the details he included in settings, furniture and fabrics. He painted in large and small formats and received a royal commission to paint a series of allegorical works for the royal apartments in Versailles in 1734.
He really captures the excitement of the moment, before the ball!