Stair Sainty Gallery and the Rococo – Eighteenth Century French Art in America

04 Oct Stair Sainty Gallery and the Rococo – Eighteenth Century French Art in America

The National Gallery of Art in Washington has recently presented a splendid exhibition of paintings illustrating the American passion for Eighteenth Century French art, which shaped several major collections in the first decades of the Twentieth Century. Thanks to a renewed interest by collectors and museums in this same period in the 197os and 1980s a number of major works, as well as paintings by less well-known artists who nonetheless held the post of First Painter of the King, were acquired from the Stair Sainty Gallery. A selection of these are illustrated here.   

Louis de Boullogne IIVenus Commanding Vulcan to Make Arms for Aenas, 1703, oil on canvas, 68 x 56 cm – Private Collection, USA

Antoine CoysevoxLouis XV as a Child of Six, 1716, marble, 59.7 × 50.8 × 22.2 cm – acquired by a private collector and later donated to the Frick Collection, New York

François LemoyneHercules and Omphale, 1724, oil on canvas, 139 x 97 cm  – Private Collection, USA

The Amorous Proposal

François LemoyneThe Amorous Proposal, c. 1725, oil on canvas, 99.1 x 144.8 cm – The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Carle Van LooNoli Me Tangere, c. 1735, oil on canvas, 68 x 51 cm – New Orleans Museum of Art

Charles Joseph NatoireThe Rebuke of Adam and Eve, 1740, oil on canvas, 67.9 x 57.2 cm – The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 

(left) Nicolas LancretThe Servant Justified, c. 1740, oil on copper, 27.9 x 35.6 cm – The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

(right) Nicolas LancretBrother Philippe’s Geese, c.1740, oil on copper, 27.3 x 35.2 cm – The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


François BoucherLeda and the Swan, 1742, oil on canvas, 60 x 74 cm – Private Collection, USA

Jean-Baptiste PerronneauMagdaleine Pinceloup de la Grange, née de Parseval, 1747, oil on canvas, 81.9 x 70.2 cm – J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

Jean Etienne LiotardPortrait of Marthe Marie Tronchin, c.1758-61, pastel on vellum,61 x 47 mm – Chicago Art Institute

Jean-Baptiste GreuzePortrait of Madame de Courcelles at Her Toilette, c.1760, oil on canvas, 81.2 x 65 cm (oval) – Private Collection, USA

Pierre-Jacques VolaireEruption of Vesuvius by Moonlight, 1771, oil on canvas, 105 x 205 cm – Private Collection, USA

Jean-Honoré FragonardThe Good Mother, c.1775, oil on canvas, 48.9 x 39.2 cm (oval) – Private Collection, USA

Jean-Siméon ChardinSelf-Portrait with a Visorc. 1776, pastel on blue laid paper, mounted on canvas, 45.7 x 37.4 cm – Chicago Art Institute

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le BrunPortrait of Marie-Gabrielle de Gramont, Comtesse de Caderousse, 1784, oil on panel, 105 x 75 cm – Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

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Jacques-Louis DavidThe Vestal Virgin, c.1787, oil on canvas, Private Collection, USA 

Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, A Capriccio of Rome with the Finish of a Marathon, 1788, oil on canvas, 81.3 x 119.4 cm – Fine Art Museums of San Francisco: Legion of Honor


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François-André VincentZeuxis choosing his models for the image of Helen from among the girls of Croton, 1789, oil on canvas, 102 x 137 cm – Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le BrunHyacinthe Gabrielle Roland, Marchioness Wellesley, (formerly Countess of Mornington ), 1791, oil on canvas, 99.1 x 74.9 cm – Fine Art Museums of San Francisco: Legion of Honor

Pierre PeyronThe Death of Alcestis, 1794, oil on canvas, 97 x 96 cm – North Carolina Museum of Art (this painting was on show in the exhibition – America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C). 

Baron François-Pascal-Simon GérardBelisarius, 1797, oil on canvas, 91.8 × 72.5 cm – J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 

Louis Léopold BoillyThe public viewing David’s ‘Coronation’ at the Louvre, 1810, oil on canvas, 61.6 x 82.6 cm – The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Pierre-Narcisse GuérinClytemnestra and Agamemnon, c. 1822, oil on canvas, 76 x 84 cm – Smith College Museum of Art


Stair Sainty Gallery and the Rococo – Eighteenth Century French Art in America was last modified: October 9th, 2017 by Thomas Smith