Curious Objects: The Story of Bélizaire, Pt. 2: Provenance

Editorial Staff Curious Objects

This is Part 2 of our three-part Curious Objects series on the painting “Belizaire and the Frey Children.” Last week we took a close look at Bélizaire the person, and his tortured life-path through antebellum Louisiana society. This week we examine the painting that is the reason anyone knows Bélizaire’s name in the first place, and follow the twists and turns by which it traveled from the studio of Jacques Amans in 1837 to the collection of Jeremy Simien today. Parts played once again by Simien and Wendy Castenell, as well as Taylor Thistlethwaite of Thistlethwaite Americana.