The Golden Wedding Feast by Circle of Ferdinand de Braekeleer
Circle of Ferdinand de Braekeleer (Belgian, 1792-1883)
41 ½ x 49 ½ in.
Framed: 51 ¼ x 58 ½ in.
Oil on canvas
The original version of this work, which is now housed in the collection of the Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique in Brussels, received enormous success when displayed at the Salon of 1839. Soft evening sun illuminates a jubilant celebration of family and villagers who have gathered to feast and celebrate a fiftieth wedding anniversary, a Golden Wedding anniversary. At the centre of the composition, an elderly couple dance lightly while gazing lovingly at one another, surrounded by generations of family and friendships - a testimonial to their union.