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Hélène Lambert de Thorigny

Hélène Lambert de Thorigny

Artist: Nicolas de Largillière (French, 1656 - 1746)

Artist: Jean Baptiste Belin de Fontenay (French, 1653 - 1715)

Object number: 3577.1
Geography:France
Date: c. 1696-1700
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
63 x 45 in. (160 x 114.3 cm)
Label Text:Largillière made his reputation as a painter of portraits of members of the wealthy middle classes, such as Madame Lambert de Thorigny, the wife of a successful financier from Normandy. From the swirling garland of flowers meticulously painted by Belin (who specialized in floral subjects) to the sitter’s twisting form and tightly curled coiffure, the composition is thoroughly in the Rococo style. The African servant, however, is an early 17th-century compositional device often used in Grand Manner portraiture. Made at a transitional moment between the Baroque and the Rococo, this work attests to Largillière’s duel interest in art of the past and styles of the present. (Amber Ludwig)
Credit Line: Purchase, 1969 (3577.1)