"Still Life With Parrot And Dog, Attributed To Reynaud Levieux, 17th Century"
Still life with parrot and dog, attributed to Reynaud Levieux, 17th century. This beautiful oil on canvas and its original frame measures 32cm by 51cm. Its period frame, in very good state of conservation, has for dimensions 41cm on 60cm. Sold with a certificate of authenticity. This painting represents the interior of a palace where is lying on a chair, a barking dog against a parrot nestled in a basket of fruit. This composition allows the painter to demonstrate his ability to represent various luxurious and refined objects (damask of gold thread, porcelain of china, ceremonial crockery ...). This work was certainly performed by Reynaud Levieux, famous Provencal painter (Nîmes 1613 - Rome [?] After 1694). From a Protestant family, he went to Rome in 1640, worked on copies after Raphael and returned to Nîmes in 1644. Settled in Montpellier in 1649, he participated in the decoration of the Hôtel d'Autheville, executing cardboard tapestry on the theme of the Life of Moses. Established in Avignon, he painted in 1651 a Holy Family for the Carthusians (collegiate of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon); he painted the Purification of the Virgin (1654) for Notre-Dame-des-Doms. He entered in 1659 in the brotherhood of the Black Penitents, for which he painted a Deposition of Saint John the Baptist (Nîmes museum). He paints many paintings for hotels and churches in Avignon, and also works for the churches of Aix-en-Provence (Visitation, 1660, Madeleine, Saint Bruno, 1665, Saint-Jean-de-Malte). In 1669, Levieux won Rome again, from which he still sent pictures to Provence; he painted in Rome the Saint Denis and the miracle of the blind (Rome, Saint-Louis-des-Français). He ended perhaps his life as a Carthusian monk. His art, austere classicism inherited from Raphael and a real refinement in the neat bill and ranges of sober colors, was recently given the honor.