NICOLAS DE LARGILLIÈRE (Paris 1656 - Paris 1746)
Portrait of a gentleman
17th century, around 1680/90
oil on canvas in oval, cm.75 x 60, with frame 90 x 75
Provenance: Édouard Aynard Collection, Lyon
Beautiful portrait, of excellent quality, depicting a member of the French aristocracy, turned three-quarters towards the viewer, powdered with a long wig, the so-called "Léonine", in a red velvet cloak with motifs embroidered with lace and brocade.
This painting, which dates back to the last years of the seventeenth century, is a typical example of the portraiture of Nicolas de Largillière (Paris 1656-1746), who with his works has been able to capture the most important and illustrious figures of the flourishing aristocracy under the reigns of Louis XIV and XV.
Our work can be compared, in style and composition, to the Portrait of a Gentleman kept at the High Museum of Art, in Atlanta (see details), autograph of De Largillière.
The state of preservation is excellent; Magnificent carved wooden frame of the time.
Nicolas de Largillière (Paris, 10 October 1656 - Paris, 20 March 1746)Raised in Antwerp, where his family had moved in 1659, it was in the Flemish city that he began his apprenticeship in the laboratory of Antoine Goubeau starting from 1668, influenced above all by Rubens and the Flemish masters. He entered the Sint-Lucasgilde guild as teacher of the city in 1674.From 1675 to 1679 he traveled to England, where he approached the Vandyckian painter Peter Lely and was noticed by King Charles II. He returned in 1685 to make a portrait of the new King James II.Back in France, after 1689 he became one of the most sought-after painters, both for official ex-voto or allegory assignments, and for orders for portraits by nobility and the upper middle class.  Nicolas de Largillière was, together with Rigaud, the portraitist of the Regency era. He also proved himself a brilliant painter of still life, following the Flemish school. The solemnity of the gesture of the person portrayed combined an uncommon search for minute details.In 1686 he was admitted to the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture,  becoming a professor in 1705 and directing it from 1736 to his resignation in 1743.Among his most important works we can mention: Elisabetta Beaubarnais (Grenoble Museum); Young as Diana (Louvre Museum); Ex-voto in Sainte-Geneviève (church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, Paris); Family portrait of Louis XIV (Wallace Collection); Portrait with the family (Louvre Museum).
Complete with photographic certificate of authenticity according to law (FIMA - CINOA).
Nicolas De Largillière (Paris 1656-1746) Atelier, Portrait
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