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# 41896

Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin "Portrait of a gentleman", superior, heart-shaped miniature!!, 1798

Price: 12500  EUR

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Found in October 2017 in Parisian antique shop (offered as a work of unknown French artist) this heart-shaped miniature portrait of a mid-aged gentleman with powdered hair (fashion of late 1790s) is a sensational find. It is a counterpart to executed in 1798 by great Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin miniature portrait of an anonymous young gentleman (now in Cincinnati Museum of Art, USA - see our image nr.6). The sitter of our portrait is probably the father of the Cincinnatti-gentleman (Augustin portrayed probably his mother too (whereabouts unknown)).
Our piece is some smaller than that in museum; nevertheless the comparison with other male portraitss by Augustin from late 1790s does not leave any doubts that we are really dealing with latter's creation.

The absence of the artist's signature supports our supposition that our miniature is part of a series of portraits of members of the same family - very often only one of those simultaneously commissioned pieces was signed.

Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin (1759 Saint-Die/Vosgues - 1832 Paris) called himself "the pupil of nature and meditation", and although he had some lessons in painting from Claudiot in Nancy, his talent was really personal, and there was no artist at least in France, on whom he could model himself.
In 1781, he arrived in Paris, where he was received by the Pinchon family, friends of his parents. Their portraits painted by Augustin made him known quickly and secured him with other commissions. The artist gained fame quite rapidly. Augustin and Isabey were the two greatest French miniaturists of the late 18th - early 19th centuries, and it would be difficult to say who was a better one. They are as different as could be; in modern terminology, one could call Augustin "the naturalist" and Isabey - "the impressionist". Both had a very great number of pupils, and because of that a considerable influence on the art of the miniature in their period. Amongst the best pupils of Augustin can be mentioned his wife Madeleine Pauline (nee Ducruet) who surpasses them all: Fanny Charin, Le Tellier, Fontallard, Alexandre, Delatour, G.E. Lami, Sieurac, Mme Dalacazette, Mlle Hue de Breval, and Mme de Mirbel. Napoleon had a marked preference for Isabey. In spite of that he nominated Augustin official painter of the Imperial Court. At the restoration Louis XVIII made him painter in ordinary of his cabinet, and in 1821 he became Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur. In 1820 he went to London to carry out a number of orders, but he does not seem to have remained there very long. He died of cholera in Paris in 1832.

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Condition: good

Creation Year: 1798

Measurements:UNFRAMED:5,1x4,6cm/2,0x1,8in FRAMED: 12,8x11,5cm/5,0x4,5in

Object Type:Framed miniature

Style: Portrait Miniatures

Technique: watercolor on ivory (heart-shaped)

Inscription:-

Creator: Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin

Creator Dates: 1759 Saint-Die/Vosgues-1832 Paris

Nationality:French

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