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Robert Lefevre-Attrib. "Napoleon I and Marie-Louise", two very important portraits!!, 1810/14
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These two very good quality portraits (oil on canvas) were executed sometime between April 1, 1810 (sitters' wedding at the Louvre) and January 25, 1814 (last time the couple saw each other). They show Napoleon I and his second wife Marie-Louise, nee Archduchess of Austria. Marie-Louise's unique representation here (there are no preceding portraits of the kind!) proves the authenticity of both paintings and shows that they are not copies after two other (known) portraits but the original works of a very good artist of the Napoleonic Epoch. The first artist in question (and author of Napoleon Bonaparte's numerous portraits) is the Parisian portrait painter Robert Lefevre (for comparison, see our images nr.21-24 and our (already sold) web # 18592).
Robert Jacques Francois Faust Lefevre was born on September 24th 1755 in Bayeux and died on October 3rd 1830 in Paris.
He made his first drawings on the papers of a procureur to whom his father had apprenticed him. With his parents' consent, he abandoned this apprenticeship and walked from Caen to Paris to become a student of Jean-Baptiste Regnault (in whose studio he met and became friends with Charles Paul Landon). At the 1791 Paris Salon he exhibited his "Dame en velours noir", the point of departure for his reputation. Lefèvre made in 1805 the portait empress Joséphine. In 1807, the counterpart to thi spainting - portrait of Napoleon - was manufactured by Louis-Andre-Gabriel Bouchet. Napoleon gave both paintings to the city of Aachen in 1807, where they are today in the city hall and decorate the entrance hall.
Lefevre's other portraits of Napoleon, Josephine, Madame Mére, Guerin, Carle Vernet (now in Louvre) and Pope Pius VII made him a fashionable portrait artist and one of the main portraitists of the imperial personalities, a reputation sealed by his portrait of Napoleon's new wife Marie-Louise.
On the Bourbon Restoration, Robert Lefevre painted a portrait of Louis SVIII for the Chambre des Pairs and received the cross of the Legion d'Honneur, as well as the title of the First Painter to the King, losing the latter in the July Revolution.
Provenance: antique shop in Chartres / France
Condition: good; portrait of Marie-Louise was lined in early 19th century; in different, 1st half of 19th century gilded frames
Creation Year: 1810/14
Measurements:UNFRAMED:55,5x45,7cm/21,9x18,0in FRAMED: 72,0x63,0cm/28,3x24,8in
Object Type:Framed oil paintings
Style: 19th century paintings
Technique: both: oil on canvas
Creator: Robert Jacques Francois Faust Lefevre
Creator Dates: 1755 Bayeux-1830 Paris
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