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The Marquis de Sade and Laure by suburbanbeatnik The Marquis de Sade and Laure by suburbanbeatnik
Look, more 18th century people! Yes, it's my good friend the Marquis de Sade again, this time stepping out with his redheaded mistress, Laure de Lauris. This was another commission for the wonderful :iconjadexmara:, who, like the divine Marquis, is a person of the most discriminating taste.

The idea behind this pic was, de Sade and Laure are at a masquerade ball, dressed in costumes. Laure is all flowers and innocence, and de Sade is looking appropriately devilish.

I think Laure's hoops are my favorite part of this picture. You practically could hide a family of midgets under those things.
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:iconveronarmon:
veronarmon Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Beautiful dress
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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veronarmon Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Another good one
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Debbysh Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
you have been featured: [link]

I'm preparing the third part of men wearing coats and waistcoats journal..
If you have other similar work and you want to have them featured you can send me the links ^^
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for featuring me! :)
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strangeangel75 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
They made /such/ a sweet couple! I think if he hadn't been forced into marriage against his will... well... anyway, a delightful portrait of them both and you so amazing work, as always. I have another unrelated commish coming your way as soon as I'm able, I hope! SO love your work! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Another commission? Sweet! Would you like me to schedule you in next month? I'm raising funds for my move back to California, so that would come at a good time. :)
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MarionMayMay Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
you have such a beautiful style! :D
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:iconsuburbanbeatnik:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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maulla68 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
I'm drawing the expression of great love marquez
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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dotsweare Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
J:

OMG AWESOME!!! Another 18thc. artist! <333

First of all, it's awesome to see someone who draws actual historical figures-- all of the research you've done is absolutely humbling. I have so much respect for people who know their time periods in and out, including the biographies of all the important figures back in the day. Makes me want to continue researching the "who's who" of 1725-1726 for our own story.

I absolutely love the details on Laure's stomacher, and the virginity and innocense implied by the blue gown. De Sade looks appropriately devilish indeed! Masquerades were always so magical; they had so much mystique and people were free to unleash their inhibitions under their anonymity. Love the velvety texture on de Sade's waistcoat and breeches!

Instant fave <333333
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thanks for the awesome and very detailed comment! That's exactly what I was going for.

Could you tell me more about this story of yours? It sounds really interesting.
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Red-banner Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
The 18th century ftw! I love all the detail and the gold trimming on de Sade's waistcoat.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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haius Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist
Knowing the Marquis, she very well may be. Naked midgets. DX
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL yes, exactly! That makes me think of this song: [link]
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:iconhaius:
haius Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist
Oh Soft Cell. :XD: You never get old.
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VFreie Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
Rococo hoops: the bigger, the better!
Wonderful clothes aside, I happen to be listening to Don Giovanni's arias while staring at this picture: they suit to an almost scary degree the dashing & devilish Sade and pretty Laure.
Great work!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're right, the music does suit it perfectly! (In fact I'm listening to it right now.) Thanks. :)
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FallenCherryBlossom9 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow this is amazing!!! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Hope-of-the-Untamed Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful!! The shading the detail, it's all amazing!! Wonderful job!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Caleighrg Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
    Absolutely GORGEOUS picture and shading~ :+fav:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Nephthys9 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Superbe! I've always wondered how he'd look like... especially after reading one of his biography, some of his novels and a bunch of letters written to his wife during his time in the prisons of Vincennes. It's such a shame that we only have one left portrait of him and it isn't easy to imagine someone's face simply from a profile (congrats for that).

You definitely have a talent for drawing historical characters but in general, it's quite astonishing how you always manage to draw/paint human features so vividly. Sorry, I don't know if I make myself very clear here XD (English isn't my mothertongue).

En un mot: bravo! ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the lovely comment! I don't like De Sade's writing much, but I find him an intriguing (and tragic) character. I'm glad you like my portraits. I'm a big fan of Gainsborough, and I look at his paintings a lot for inspiration. :)
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The contrast between her innocence and his devilishness as you pointed out is so charming.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Rosengeist Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
I for one am not a huge fan of the Marquis de Sade, but damned if you don't make him look appealing here my dear! Great color work! Delightful fabrics too!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, even if he did write "Justine," one of my least favorite books ever, he was cute, and he was indeed a snazzy dresser. Thanks! :)
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Rosengeist Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Contradiction, contradiction. Most welcome!
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Oh wow! You did it again. You always manage to create stunning artworks. I just don't know how you're able to always keep that high level on everything that you do. I'm so envious. ;_;
Her gown is more beautiful than words can describe.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. It takes lots and lots of coffee... ;P

The gown wasn't entirely my idea. It actually comes from this print here: [link] It's the woman in white in the center right of the print. I removed the epaulettes and the swags of flowers from the hips of the gown and changed the 1740s cuff sleeves to more late 1750s- early 1760s style sleeves.
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Alwisw Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
I like your version better than the one in the original. I think it looks alot softer without the epaulettes.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay! If you say it's fabulous, I know it is. :dance:
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
:D
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Heterodoxy-Pix Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
I love it!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Heterodoxy-Pix Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
You're very welcome! Have you seen the movie Quills? If not, then you absolutely must!! :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I haven't seen it... not really the biggest De Sade fan myself after reading "Justine." :P
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Heterodoxy-Pix Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
Ya, I can understand that! :nod: I'm not sure what word to use to explain how I think of him. I can say I think he was a bad man!
The movie does not make him look like at good person, however it does make him more sympathetic. I find it interesting to see the world through another's eyes, especially those who are not exactly possessed of moral fiber. ;) That's exactly what this movie is, de Sade through the eyes of a woman who work in the jail; Madeleine 'Maddy' LeClerc played by Kate Winslet.
I can say that the actors who are in the movie did an extraordinary job! The movie is definitely a Drama/Tragedy, however, it is one that I would recommend you watch if only once. Just my opinion though. :)

I would like your opinion here if you don't mind. :)
I have the story Justine. (Actually I have an omnibus of his work. I purchased it along with The Scarlett Letter, Catcher in the Rye and a few others during a 'Banned Book' week)
Would you recommended that I read Justine?
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stevenshipman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Terrific!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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bdunn1342 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011   General Artist
Oh, the frills...they weaken me. Your attention to the details makes this piece amazing. I especially love his coat and mask, but it's all beautiful. Well done!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! You're very kind. Mara is really pleased with this piece too. :)
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