In its period frame in carved wood with its original gilding, a so-called "Berain" model.
Total dimensions with frame: 95 x 79 cm. The canvas: 74 x 57 cm
Rare 17th century painting representing Eymard de la Grée (born in 1637, died in 1696), Cavalry Captain in the Clermont regiment.
Portrait bust and in profile with his head turned to the right, he wears armor and a frill of fine lace. His long, curly hairstyle was in the fashion of his time and like King Louis XIV, he wears a thin "fanged" mustache. Her lively and determined gaze portends a strong personality.
Pierre Mignard, French classical painter of the 17th century, is best known for his portraits of the royal family or his contemporaries.
His reputation began during a stay in Rome in the early 1650s. In 1657, Louis XIV invited him to Paris to work at the Court, and a stopover in Avignon saw his first meeting with Molière. He established a strong friendship there and the painter became one of the few close relatives of the actor outside his company. In 1664 Mignard completed the frescoes in the church of Val de Grace in Paris, and Molière wrote a eulogy, published in 1669. Despite the royal approval he received, Mignard repeatedly refused to enter the Academy royal painting and sculpture. He nevertheless became its director in 1690.
Admired in the 17th century, considered a model in the 18th century, it will be forgotten or denigrated in the history of art from the 19th century. Born a little over 400 years ago, it is interesting to rediscover this talented artist.
Good condition. Sold with invoice & certificate