Portrait of M. Quatrehomme du Lys

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of M. Quatrehomme du Lys

Artist/Maker(s):

Charles Le Brun (French, 1619 - 1690)

Culture:

French

Date:

1657

Medium:

Black, white, and red chalk and pastel

Dimensions:

35.2 x 27.6 cm (13 7/8 x 10 7/8 in.)

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Although scholars know nothing about the sitter Monsieur Quatrehomme, they believe that his relaxed pose and casual dress indicate that he may have been a friend of the artist. Charles Le Brun built up the drawing slowly, first sketching the figure in red chalk, with pentimenti visible along the outside of the right arm. He worked the body mainly in black and white chalk, applying pastel more freely in the hand holding the book and in the loose folds of drapery spilling over the left arm. The artist drew the face and hair more tightly, carefully showing the sitter's furrowed brow and the dark shadows under his eyes.

Lebrun's choice of pose infused vitality into a rather static portrait. Quatrehomme gazes intently to the left, while his hands holding the book sweep to the right, creating a sense of movement. The illumination coming from behind the sitter's head also reinforces the outlines and brings a sculptural clarity to the form.

Provenance

Private Collection (Paris)

Art Market (New York)

Exhibitions
Chefs d'Oeuvre des Collections Parisiennes (November to December 1950) (140; exhibited as "Galerie de Statues Antiques")
  • Musée Carnavalet, (Paris), November to December, 1950
16-17th Century European Drawings (December 28, 1993 to March 13, 1994) (140; exhibited as "Galerie de Statues Antiques")
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 28, 1993 to March 13, 1994
Classicism and Neoclassicism in French Drawing, 1600-1860 (October 25, 1994 to January 8, 1995) (140; exhibited as "Galerie de Statues Antiques")
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 25, 1994 to January 8, 1995
Portrait Drawings 1500 - 1900 (January 30 to May 12, 1996) (140; exhibited as "Galerie de Statues Antiques")
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), January 30 to May 12, 1996
Color in Drawing (March 10 to May 24, 1998) (140; exhibited as "Galerie de Statues Antiques")
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 10 to May 24, 1998
Posing for Posterity: Portrait Drawings from the Collection (October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002) (140; exhibited as "Galerie de Statues Antiques")
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 30, 2001 to January 20, 2002