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Louis Benjamin Devouges (1770-1842) "Portrait of miniaturist Le Duc", oil on canvas, 1810
Price: 11000 EUR
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This portrait of a relatively young (he looks for ca. 35) gentleman, executed in 1810 by French artist Devouges, led us to new information about "our" portrait miniaturist, resident of French seaport Lorient - Le Duc (his pre-name still remains unknown), whose work is also in our possession (see our web # 43606).
Before we discovered the portrait presented here in the pre-sale catalogue of auction house "Denis Herbette" in Doullens by Amiens (sale on November 8, 2020, Lot74), we knew only that the portrait miniaturist, a certain Le Duc lived in the 1790s and (as our web # 43606 proves) he was still active there in 1801 (please read carefully the description of # 43606).
This large portrait of his allows us now to confirm that he was still active in 1810 and probably thereafter.
Why we are sure to deal here with a portrait of this man exactly?
The thing is that the sitter holds in his left hand a just finished (surely addressed to the author of this portrait, artist Devouges) letter with his own signature at its end: "le Duc /peintre /Lorient /1810).
As we already explained in the description of our web # 43606, we guess Le Duc was not really a paying client of Devouges, but that the latter and him were friends. Probably this portrait was executed during Devouges' stay in Lorient (as we know from his biography (see below) among his portrait works there was a portrait of Julien, general prefect of department Morbihan (a. o. containing the town Lorient) and was gifted by Devouges to his friend-model.
We also guess that each of them left their "autographs" on this painting: next to figure of Le Duc there is an in-drawn portrait of Devouges on a sheet of paper "prepared" by the latter (lower left corner), under which Devouges left his signature (image nr.22). In his turn Devouges "prepared" the sheet of the "letter" in the sitter's left hand which the latter signed with "le Duc /peintre / a Lorient /1810" (lower right corner - see image nr.).
Louis-Benjamin Devouges (also Devouge; 1770 Paris - 1842 Paris) was a pupil of Jean-Baptiste Regnault, Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Louis Demarne. He exposed at the Salon de Paris from 1793 to 1839. He was chiefly a portraitist. It is known that he spent some time in Moscow where he executed several works for the picture gallery of Prince Naryshkin. Afterwards he obtained a job as a professor of drawing at Grand College of Lyon and besides that he gave private lessons in drawing and painting. Known are also his numerous portraits of the members of French Assembly drawn by him in 1789.
Among his portraits we would name that of Napoleon I, general Duhesme, Pair de France comte Delafort, Baron de la Malvirade, general prefect of department Morbihan Julien - all of them were shown at the Salon between 1800-1822.
It is possible that this portrait of Le Duc is that which was shown by Devouges in the same 1810 at Salon as "No. 252 - "Portrait d'homme"...
Condition: good; in original frame (the latter needs minor restoration)
Creation Year: 1810
Measurements:UNFRAMED:99,0x79,0cm/39,0x31,1in FRAMED: 112,5x93,5cm/44,3x36,8in
Object Type:Framed oil painting
Style: 19th century paintings
Technique: oil on canvas
Inscription:signed and dated: L.B.f. Devouge. / Pi-it (pinxit) 1810
Creator: Louis-Benjamin Devouges
Creator Dates: 1770 Paris-1842 ibd.
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