Two beautiful genre scenes are proposed to us with these paintings by Jacques-Sébastien Leclerc des Gobelins. They represent scenes of life in a military camp during the reign of the French King Louis XV. The paintings are animated with many characters.
Measurements unframed: H 12.59 In. - W 15.35 In.
Measurements with frame: H 14.96 In. - W 17.71 In.
In fine original condition on this original canvas.
Jacques Sébastien Le Clerc is the son of Sébastien Leclerc and Charlotte Guillot. On his baptismal certificate we read that his godfather was Jacques Caffieri.
He was his father's student. When his father resigned from his teaching position at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, he was considered too young to take over the responsibility but was appointed assistant to Professor Michelangelo Challe on February 25, 1758, as we can read: Le Clerc fils, appointed in recognition of his father's services without having been received as an academician. After Challe's death, he was appointed full professor of perspective and geometry on January 31, 1778, and remained so until his death.
He was a professor of perspective at the Manufacture des Gobelins but only for as long as his father was alive. After his father's death, he tried to obtain the position but he met with opposition from Cochin and left the decision to Jacques-Germain Soufflot who was not more willing to give him the job because it was Clément-Louis-Marie-Anne Belle who was appointed by the Marquis de Marigny to teach drawing to the workers and apprentices of the Gobelins.
He is known as a painter of mythological scenes, genre scenes, and a draftsman. He realized the drawings of 5 volumes of the publication " Galerie des Modes et Costumes Français ".
Auguste Jal, Dictionnaire critique de biographie et d'histoire: errata et supplément pour tous les dictionnaires historiques d'après des documents inédits authentiques (2e édition), Henri Plon imprimeur-éditeur, Paris, 1872, p.755.
«Postérité de Sébastien Le Clerc», dans Édouard Meaume, Sébastien Le Clerc et son œuvre, Baur libraire, Paris, 1877, p.309-318.
Jeanne Lejeaux, «La descendance de Sébastien Le Clerc», dans Le Pays lorrain, 1937, 29e année, p.260-272.