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Dumont?, Pajou? "Poet Marie-Joseph Chenier", outstanding miniature on ivory!!, 1795/1805
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We are dealing with a poortrait of the French poet and dramatist Marie-Joseph Blaise (de) Chenier (1764-1811). It shows the middle-aged man, who is pointing to a sentence written on a rock: Faites Mieux/ Que Je Ne Dis (engl.transl.: Do better, than I say it).
The sitter, brother of another famous poet Andre Chenier, was born in Constantinople, Turkey in 1764. He was an officer, poet, actor and dramatist and in the time of the French Revolution a similar figure for theatre as David for painting. Our first additional image shows another portrait of him.
The miniature was acquired by our gallery on 28.September 2005 (Lot 3126) at the auction of the New Yorker Auction House "William Doyle". It was offered as a work by an unknown French artist of the late 18th century. As we freed the miniature from its newer back cover, the old inscription came to sight: Chenier / Dumont fecit /(no.) 928.
Our images nr.11-12 show two another works of Francois Dumont; this comparison really supports the old attribution. Nevertheless our image nr.13 shows a very similiar work of another celebrated French portraitist (also miniaturist!) of that time - Jacques-Augustin-Catherine Pajou (1766-1828; CLICK HERE) who could be also in question as author of this outstanding miniature.
Francois Dumont was born in 1751 in Luneville, and died in 1831 in Paris. He was the fifth child of Toussaint Dumont, coachman of Stanislaus Leszszynski. Already as a ten-year-old Francois began a traineeship at the studio of sculptor Matthis. Between ages 11 to 17 he was a pupil of Jean Girardet, the Court artist of Stanislaus Leszszynski. In 1768 he moved to Paris, where he earned his daily bread as portrait miniatures painter. From 1773 to 1775 he produced a number of miniature portraits of Comte d'Artois, his wife, and his sister-in-law, Comtesse de Provence. From ca. 1777 he painted many miniature portraits of Queen Marie-Antoinette (later, in 1786, Dumont filled the vacancy of her late court miniaturist Ignazio Pio Vittoriano Campana).
Between the years 1780 and 1792 Dumont established a status of the most sought-after French miniaturist. In 1788 he was granted a membership at the Academie Royale; from 1789 - regularly exhibited at the Parisian Salon. In 1790 he moved into an atelier-apartment located in the Galleries of Louvre.
During the Empire period the number of Dumont's commissions lessened, with works of artists Jean-Baptiste Isabey and Jean-Baptiste-Jacques Augustin welcomed instead.
After Napoleon's era Dumont attempted to re-establish himself at the Court, but to no avail: his permanent rival Isabey left him no chances to do so.
Dumont's oeuvre is estimated to be ca. 2400 works, among others, miniatures on ivory, drawings, pastels, oil paintings (from 1796), and even lithographs in his last period. His most famous portrait works are those of artists and musicians (this information was borrowed from Saur's Artists Dictionary, biographical article by Dumont's expert and author of the forthcoming catalogue raisonee, Dr. Bodo Hofstetter).
Condition: In good condition. Measurements refer to diameter size.
Creation Year: 1795/1805 early
Measurements: UNFRAMED:8,9x8,9cm/3,5x3,5in FRAMED: 9,9x9,9cm/3,9x3,9in
Object Type: Framed painting
Style: Portrait miniatures
Technique: watercolor and gouache on ivory
Inscription: on verso old inscription: Chenier /Dumont fecit /(no.) 928
Creator: Francois Dumont
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!
Creator Dates: 1751 Luneville-1831 Paris
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