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Christ And The Samaritan Woman - François Van Dorne (1776 - 1848) Signed And Dated 1798

Christ And The Samaritan Woman - François Van Dorne (1776 - 1848) Signed And Dated 1798 sold

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"Christ And The Samaritan Woman - François Van Dorne (1776 - 1848) Signed And Dated 1798"
Oil on canvas.
Our composition is a youthful work by François van Dorne - Flemish painter and pupil of Jacques-Louis David - which represents the episode of the Gospel according to John relating the meeting between Christ and the Samaritan woman.
It is in an Italian landscape, Roman if one refers to the ancient remains, that the meeting takes place. Although in reality the scene is located in Samaria - the central region of Israel between Galilee and Judea - it is the Rome of Antiquity that most classical painters choose for the decoration of their historical paintings and van Dorne does not escape not the rule. Indeed, the religious subject, since the end of the Renaissance, is often imbued with an ancient atmosphere which takes its source in this Roman hearth.
Because of their foreign origins and a particular practice of iahvism, the people of Samaria are looked down upon by the Jews. So Jesus should have turned away from this Samaritan woman who draws water. But in his journey which takes him to Galilee, Jesus must drink and asks this woman to offer him a drink. Astonished that a Jew deigns to speak to her, she complies. Jesus said "If you knew who is speaking to you, it is you who would have asked, and he would have given you living water… whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again".

François van Dorne was only 22 years old when he painted our painting and he already showed real virtuosity in the ordering of the elements of his composition. And it is with great skill that he paints architecture precisely. The spectator attends a holy conversation which resembles a passionate but balanced debate. Indeed, the two protagonists sketch gestures showing that they both speak.
This very rare work by the painter from Louvain who made a career in Paris has never been presented on the art market, it had been kept by the same family for nearly a century.
Thus, in addition to its aesthetic qualities, it has a value of testimony intended for art historians.
The painting is signed and dated on a stone lower right: Franc. Van Dorne f. 1798.

It is presented in its French frame in carved and gilded wood from the 18th century.
Sold with invoice and certificate of expertise.
Dimensions: 72.5 x 92 cm - 84 x 103 cm with the frame

Frans van Dorne or François van Dorne (Louvain 1776 - Id. 30.11.1848) learns painting with his father, Martin van Dorne painter at the court of Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine, and completed his training with Pieter-Jozef Verhaghen. Fortified by the “Antique drawing” prize from the Academy, he was chosen by Jacques-Louis David to join his studio. Van Dorne made a career in Paris from 1802 to 1822, the year of his return to Louvain. In 1806, he received a commission from the magistrates of his hometown to paint a full-length portrait of the Emperor Napoleon. From then on, François van Dorne specialized in portrait painting. However, he painted a number of religious compositions, including the one we are presenting to you. The influence of French classicism studied with Jacques-Louis David is perceptible in his works.

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