A young woman, wearing a white blouse with her shoulders bared and a long black skirt, kneels in prayer beside her bed. The furnishings of this contemporary bourgeois interior include a colorful oriental rug, a turned mahogany candlestand carrying a brass double candleholder, and an upholstered Louis XV-style armchair. Partially concealed by the pink silk bed curtains is a framed crucifix. Single-figured boudoir scenes, such as this work, were the mainstay of Plassan’s oeuvre. A very similar composition, with the same figure and candlestand, titled La Prière, was sold at Sotheby’s in London, July 21, 1976, no. 45, dated 1862.
(Text courtesy of The Walters Art Museum, GNU FPL-1.3).