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Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin-Studio "Lady playing harp", high quality miniature!, ca. 1800
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This miniature shows a young aristocratic lady playing harp on terrace of her palazzo. The composition of this work (although portraying another person) wholly echoes that of the miniature portrait of 35/36-year-old Marie Gabrielle Sébastienne Briux, nee Richard (1763-1842), which was executed in Paris in 1798/99 by great French miniaturist Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin (see our image nr.8). It is well known that Augustin kept in Paris a studio that was daily frequented by his numerous pupils. One of them could have painted the work, which is presented here.
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.
P.S.: 21st October 2020:
Well-known music historian and harpist herself, Professor Anna Pasetti, just informed us that the harp depicted on this miniature still exists! It is one of the objects of the Collection Victor Saivi, Museo dell'Arpa in the Italian commune Piasco, Piedmont (see our images nr.12-13). It is a creation of the Parisian harp master Jean Naderman who made it in 1783. Moreover, it was loaned for the famous film (2006) "Marie Antoinette" by celebrated director Sofia Coppola, with Kirsten Dunst (see image nr.14).
Creation Year: ca 1800
Measurements: UNFRAMED:7,5x7,5cm/3,0x3,0in FRAMED: 8,7x8,7cm/3,4x3,4in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Creator: Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin
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Creator Dates: 1759 Saint-Die/Vosgues-1832 Paris
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