More Works By Emile Aubry Oil On Canvas
62 × 66 in 157.48 × 167.64 cm
67 × 71 in 170.18 × 180.34 cm

About Bathsheba

Famous for his exquisitely detailed portraits, as a painter, Emile Aubry was courted by wealthy American women who hoped to pose for the Algerian born artist. Aubry was passionate about painting both mythological and biblical themed paintings and favoured the art deco style.

Bathsheba is the elegant and elaborate portrait of a nude woman who is preparing to bathe amidst lush tropical gardens attended by servants—one seated and playing music, another walking away with a wine flask on a tray; two deer can be seen nearby. The portrait was inspired by the Old Testament story from the Bible in which David (the David who conquered Goliath) sees Bathsheba from a distance and falls in love with the beautiful woman. Aubry’s palette is rich in classic colours—forest green, gold, royal blue, turquoise, and burgundy.

Born in Algeria in 1880, Emile Aubry studied at the Beaux-Arts in Paris. Considered a remarkable portraitist, he received a gold medal at the 1920 Salon for the portrait of "The lady in Black". From that point forward, he gained popularity and also undertook numerous significant projects such as the Opera House of Algiers, the Town Hall of the 5th District of Paris, and the Algerian pavilion at the Colonial Exhibition of 1931 in Paris. Aubry was a member of the Institut de France (1935), and exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Francais from 1905 to 1937. He died in 1964. His work is widely held in both private and public collections.