Nicolas de Largilliere (1656-1746)
|Nicolas de Largilliere (1656-1746)
|Oval Portrait of a Wigged Gentleman
|This sumptuous 17th century Old Master oval portrait oil painting is attributed to French noted artist Nicolas de Largilliere. Painted circa 1680 it is a fine head and shoulders portrait of a high ranking gentleman. He is wearing a generous wig and handsome red and gold garment with lace at his neck. The detail and brushwork are superb. An excellent example of 17th century portraiture and of Largilliere's work.
|Oil on Canvas
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|Nicolas de Largillière, (baptized Oct. 10, 1656, Paris, France—died March 20, 1746, Paris), French historical and portrait painter who excelled in painting likenesses of the wealthy middle classes. Most artists of his time took as their standard of excellence the adherence to Classical models and an emphasis on drawing, while some broke away in favour of the style of Rubens and an emphasis on colour. Trained in Antwerp and showing great admiration for the Flemish masters, Largillière came to be looked upon as a pioneer by those 18th-century artists who followed the later, more modern course. Highly honoured in his lifetime, he was made chancellor of the Academy in 1743.