josephine la pagerie

Josephine Tasher de la Pagerie (1763-1814), Empress of the French, gazing at a bust of her son Eugene de Beauharnais (1781-1824) at Malmaison (c.1808). Baron Antoine-Jean Gros (French, 1771-1835). Oil on canvas. Musée d’Art et d’Histoire at Palais Massena, Nice.

Wife of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1820). The vase of hydrangeas alludes to Josephine’s daughter Hortense (1783-1837) as hortensia is another name for hydrangea.