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Portrait of a Gentleman

European Art
painting
Portrait of a Gentleman

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Nicolas de Largillière
French, 1656–1746

Date

1690–1695

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

1990.58

Dimensions

31 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

Throughout his long career, Nicolas de Largillière was renowned for his portraits. This portrait of an unknown sitter, probably a member of the newly wealthy Parisian middle class, was painted by the artist soon after he became a member of the Académie de Peinture et de Sculpture in Paris. An important bridge between the staid and conservative French portrait tradition of the seventeenth century and the more colorful and animated style of the eighteenth century, Largillière brought to his likenesses elements culled from his training in Flanders and England. His fluid brushwork and a lush sense of color are hallmarks that are evident in this work.

Credit

Gift of Frances Floyd Cocke