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 II, Venus Commanding Vulcan to Make Arms for Aenas, 1703, oil on canvas, 68 x 56 cm – Private Collection, USA
François Lemoyne, The Amorous Proposal, c. 1725, oil on canvas, 99.1 x 144.8 cm – The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Jean-Baptiste Perronneau, Magdaleine 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-Baptiste Greuze, Portrait of Madame de Courcelles at Her Toilette, c.1760, oil on canvas, 81.2 x 65 cm (oval) – Private Collection, USA
Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Good Mother, c.1775, oil on canvas, 48.9 x 39.2 cm (oval) – Private Collection, USA
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Portrait of Marie-Gabrielle de Gramont, Comtesse de Caderousse, 1784, oil on panel, 105 x 75 cm – Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
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
François-André Vincent, Zeuxis 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 Brun, Hyacinthe 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 Peyron, The 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).
Louis Léopold Boilly, The 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