Friday, 15 September 2017
A 21st-century portrait of Maximilien....
Maximilien de Robespierre by Julien Lasbleiz
"Digital work of Maximilien Robespierre using the death mask and some of the paintings as references. The purpose was to get the most realistic, accurate and plausible face as much as I could" ©2014-2015 JulienLasbleiz
This marvellous image is the work of Canadian film and animation artist, Julien Lasbleiz. It is based on the same death/life mask used by Philippe Froesch in his facial reconstruction of 2013, plus data from existing artworks, finished to create the impression of an oil painting.
Of course, no-one knows if the portrait is actually true to life, but it is certainly a valuable corrective to Philippe Froesch's harsh image. Julien Lasbleiz is obviously sympathetic towards his subject; the colouring seems right - though perhaps a little to florid? - and he successfully incorporates evidence from the mask, with its pitted skin, without making of Robespierre a monster.
Julien LaBleiz, Robespierre - presentation and comments on DeviantArt.com.