2016年2月28日 星期日

Charles Le eBrun. Vigée Le Brun Woman Artist in Revolutionary France.; Masterpiece Discovered at the Ritz in Paris

“Through contemporary eyes, she also seems a woman of our time: a freewheeling, independent single mother and consummate professional possessed of an acute sensitivity to fashion and the power of celebrity.” —Vogue on “Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France,” on view through May 15.

While many young artists are given museum retrospectives by age 40,…
Charles Le Brun, who painted many of the ceilings at Château de Versailles, was born ‪#‎onthisday‬ in 1619. Here’s a study for a section of ceiling in the Galerie des Glaces, which was also used as inspiration in Windsor Castle! http://ow.ly/YdxUY

Those seeing Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun's work for the first time will be impressed by her skill and sensibility—and wonder why they have not met her sooner

For much of her life, Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun was celebrated. After her…

“An undersung portrait painter…finally gets the close-up to which she is clearly entitled.” —Read The Wall Street Journal’s review of “Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France,” co-organized with theRéunion des Musées Régionaux, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Château de Versailles.

A favorite among French elites, Vigée Le Brun fled during the…

Watch a preview of the exhibition “‪#‎VigéeLeBrun‬: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France,” opening February 15. Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun is one of the finest eighteenth-century French painters and among the most important of all women artists. An autodidact with exceptional skills as a portraitist, she achieved success in France and Europe during one of the most eventful, turbulent periods in European history. http://met.org/1Tx29Qe

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Charles Le Brun
Charles Le Brun was a French painter and art theorist. Declared by Louis XIV "the greatest French artist of all time", he was a dominant figure in 17th-century French art. Wikipedia

Born: February 24, 1619, Paris

Died: February 22, 1690, Paris

Period: Baroque

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

In this blog post, Director Thomas P. Campbell reflects on the acquisition of Charles Le Brun's magnificent portrait of Everhard Jabach and his family.

A 17th-Century Masterpiece Discovered at the Ritz in Paris

 PARIS - The Hôtel Ritz Paris, famous for its bar, its swimming pool and its assignations, had a treasure hiding in plain sight, an exceptional painting that had been hanging on a wall for decades without anyone paying it the least attention.
With the hotel shut for renovation, the auction house Christie's announced this week that art experts had decided that the long-ignored canvas was by Charles Le Brun, one of the masters of 17th-century French painting, and that it would be put it up for auction.

The painting, called "Le Sacrifice de Polyxène" ("The sacrifice of Polyxena"), dates from 1647. It hung above a desk in the hotel suite where Coco Chanel lived for more than 30 years, and was only discovered to be important last summer, when the hotel shut for a 27-month renovation in the face of stiff competition from newer hotels.
"It is a magical discovery," said Cécile Bernard, a Christie's expert. "The painting must have been there for at least 50 years."
The painting depicts the killing of Polyxena, the youngest daughter of King Priam of Troy, who according to myth revealed the weakness of Achilles' heel and thus led to his death. It will be shown at Christie's in New York from Jan. 26 to 29 and auctioned on April 15.
Christie's said it authenticated the painting after it was discovered by two art experts hired by the hotel, and estimates that it will sell for up to 500,000 euros ($665,000).
"Le Sacrifice de Polyxene" is an early work of Le Brun (1619-1690), whose monumental paintings adorn the gallery of Apollo in the Louvre and the Great Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. Experts say that the painting, which bears the painter's initials, was done for a private collector before Le Brun was made "first painter to the king" by Louis XIV, who called him "the greatest French painter of all time.''


佳士得拍賣行本周宣布,在該酒店關門裝修期間, 經藝術專家鑒定,認為酒店內一幅長期被人忽略的油畫是法國17世紀繪畫大師夏爾·勒布杭(Charles Le Brun)的作品,該油畫即將交付拍賣。
這幅畫名叫《波呂克賽娜的犧牲》(Le Sacrifice de Polyxène),創作於1647年,原本被懸掛在酒店一個套間的書桌上方,可可·香奈兒(Coco Chanel)曾在這個房間居住過30多年。去年夏天,面臨來自眾多新酒店的競爭,麗茲酒店暫時關門,進行為期27個月的翻修,直到那時人們才發現這幅畫 的價值。
“這是一個神奇的發現,”佳士得拍賣行專家塞西爾·伯納德(Cécile Bernard)說,“這幅畫掛在那兒肯定至少有50年了。”
這幅畫描繪的是特洛伊國王普里阿摩斯(King Priam of Troy)的小女兒波呂克賽娜之死,在神話中,是她揭示出阿喀琉斯之踵的弱點,從而導致了阿喀琉斯(Achilles)的死亡。這幅畫將於1月26日至29日在紐約佳士得拍賣行展覽,並於4月15日拍賣。
《波呂克賽娜的犧牲》是勒布杭(1619-1690)的早期作品,盧浮宮的阿波羅畫廊與凡爾賽宮鏡廳中都陳列有他的不朽傑作。專家說這幅畫中有畫家 名字的起首字母,它創作于勒布杭成為路易十四的“首席畫家”並被國王譽為“永遠是最偉大的法國畫家”之前,是為一位私人收藏家而創作。