Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman


Portrait of a Gentleman

c. 1720 France

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The nobleman in this portrait is shown with the grandiloquence characteristic of Largillierre's portraits. Painted circa 1720 the subject, who was a Count, is elegantly portrayed in an outdoor setting under a moody sky and wears an elaborate breastplate over a rich burgundy jacket with large embroidered cuffs. His long powered wig, immensely costly at the time, has been tied at the back with a black taffeta ribbon. The fine characterisation of the head, a hallmark of Largilliere, seems almost eclipsed by the bravura handling of the draperies and the technical virtuosity with the mastery of color combinations. The image illustrates the artist's virtuosic handling of material and his consummate skill - a talent that demonstrates why Largillierre (and his friendly rival Hyacinthe Rigaud) was one of Europe's premier painters of portraits, history paintings, and still lifes during the late 17th century and the first four decades of the 18th century.

The artist has emblazoned the portrait with a coat of arms pertaining to a French merchant from Toul (France), Gerard Dubois. Dubois was knighted on 24th June 1525. The coronet above the shield is that of a Count and it is clear that the artist strove to depict the natural superiority of the sitter through the pose and costume.

Much of the beauty of this painting resides in a daring exploitation of the resonant colors of the palette. Largillierre’s Flemish training is evident in the warm hues, broad, thick brushstrokes, and sinuous curves - something that gives Largillière's paintings their dynamism. Encased in a superb good quality gilt frame.
Private collection Paris.
Height 81.00 cm (31.89 inches)
Width 62.00 cm (24.41 inches)
External Height 102.00 cm (40.16 inches)
External Width 84.00 cm (33.07 inches)
Oil on canvas
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