★ ‘Portrait of Madame la Comtesse de Cambacérès’ by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1895). Currently in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, this lovely painting depicts Louise de Rohan Chabot, who was born in Paris in 1860 and married the Count of Cambacérès in 1886. An academicist painter, Bouguereau’s traditional style saw him become the most sought after salon painter of his generation, despite the disdain heaped upon him by the artists of the Impressionist avant-garde. Always keen to portray his clients in the best light, on this occasion Bouguereau carefully posed the countess to face towards the viewer in order to minimize the visual effect of her weak chin and up-tilted nose. Additionally, the subtle colour palette and soft lighting combine with the elegant setting to create a graceful, refined and truly beautiful portrait.