" French School Around 1600 - The Conversion Of Saint-paul"Among the French Mannerist artists of the 17th century, it is striking to see how only the memory of a small number has remained with us. These Varins, Dubreuil, Dubois or others are known by a limited body of work if we consider their place on the artistic scene of the time. We can therefore easily understand the difficulty that there may be, in such a context, in attributing certain compositions of this period which reappear. And yet, even anonymous, their rarity is enough to give them real importance.
For our painting, the chosen subject is the conversion of Saint-Paul. The intensity of the colors with Mannerist accents combined with the twists of the figures strikes the spectator and generates an image of a great vivacity. Little naturalistic and of a certain candor, this delicate representation is a beautiful illustration of the taste which still prevails at the beginning of the XVIIth century.