“A Blonde Beauty Holding a Book” is an oil painting by Adolphe Piot. The oil on canvas painting measures 45.7 x 38.8 cm and portrays a young woman with dark blonde hair, wearing a white top, holding a yellow-tinted book, and staring at the viewing with a slight smirk on her face.
Adolphe Piot, a French Academicism style painter known for his portraits of young women, exhibited in Paris Salons from 1850 to 1909.
His meticulous approach and attention to details are evident in this portrait where every strand of the young woman’s hair is realistically depicted. The subject appears serene with her slightly tilted head and direct gaze towards the viewer, suggesting an air of confidence yet mystery.
This painting evokes an aura of refinement and elegance that characterizes the Academicism movement prevalent during Piot’s time.