Background: Jules Frederic Ballavoine, who is a Parisian by birth, and has had his share of Salon honors, is a pupil of Pils, who was the master of so many French artists of the foremost talent. His “Lassitude” is a model in its department of his art.
Achievements: “Fragility”is one of a series of decorative panels painted by J.F. Ballavoine for the boudoir of a Paris mansion. The subject is a fair social enchantress who, after a great ball, has disrobed and casts herself wearily on her couch, and in doing so has broken the pearl ornaments she wears in her hair. A natural idea might suggest itself to a possibly cynical observer that the jewel was not the only fragile object in the picture.