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# 41075

Anthelme François Lagrenée "Portrait of a Russian aristocrat", superior large miniature!!, 1817/25

Price: 11000  EUR

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This watercolor portrait was acquired in May 2016 through the US antique trade. Showing a relatively young gentleman (he appears to be about 35/45 years of age), it was made during the "Russian period" of its author (he lived and worked in Russia from 1817 to 1825), well-known French miniaturist, Anthelme François Lagrenée.
We base our conclusion on the sitter's dress and hairstyle (they correspond to the fashion of the early 1820s) and on comparison (see our images nr.10-19) with Lagrenée's other "Russian" watercolor portraits: all of them demonstrate (in contrary to his "French" portraits - for example, see our web #28063) the same compositional method. Lagrenée's portrait of Princess Kochubei (see our image nr.16) is especially convincing of "our" miniature's "Russian" origin; both portraits share the same distant highlands in the background and a young tree in foreground.

Thus far the sitter's identity remains anonymous. He was surely an aristocrat (note his imperious appearance). Additionally, the best contemporary specialist in Russian civil uniforms, Moscow historian Sergei A. Popov, informed us that the sitter's dark-blue coat with shiny metal buttons used to be worn either by the employees (as well as active and honorary members) of St. Petersburg Imperial Public Library (from 1812), or by the staff of the Imperial Academy of Fine Art (from 1821).

Anthelme Francois Lagrenée was born in Paris in 1774 as a son of French painter Louis-Francois Lagrenée. He was a pupil of his father and later - of Vincent. He exhibited at the Parisian Salon from 1799 to 1831. During the revolution Lagrenée served in the French army, where he meticulously studied the anatomy of horses, thus becoming a very fine horse-draughtsman. He was also a very good portraitist (mainly miniaturist); was also very well known as a good imitator of antique cameos. In 1817-1825 the artist lived and worked in St. Petersburg where he had a great success and did portraits of numerous members of aristocracy, as well as of the Empress Alexandra Fedorovna. As a portraitist (as already mentioned) Lagrenée painted chiefly miniatures on ivory and watercolour portraits (sic!), but known are his historical and animalistic paintings in oils. Schidlof writes: "Lagrenée was an excellent miniaturist whose works show a certain influence on Isabey, but his "pointille" is finer in the faces than with the pupils of latter". Miniatures and watercolour portraits of this artist belong to collections of Louvre (Paris), Hermitage and Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), Tretyakov Gallery and Historical Museum (Moscow), etc., etc.

We are very grateful to Mr. Popov for his generous help

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Condition: good; in original frame

Creation Year: 1817/25

Measurements:UNFRAMED:14,0x10,0cm/5,5x3,9in FRAMED: 23,5x19,5cm/9,3x7,7in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on card (oval)

Inscription:signed: Lagrenee

Creator: Anthelme Francois Lagrenée

Creator Dates: 1774 Paris-1832 Paris

Nationality:French


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