French School of the eighteenth century, workshop of Pierre-Jacques Cazes (1676-1754)
Venus & Adonis
Oil on canvas 88 cm by 72 cm
Part of 104 cm by 88 cm
Superb picture with mythological subject, painted around 1720
(Venus) Aphrodite, goddess of seduction and beauty, lovingly holds Adonis that is indeed spring picture, but like him, his existence is ephemeral. Keen on hunting, he wounded one day kill the boar later, a staggering blow.
Aphrodite's distress was immense. His tears flowed profusely and moist soil, thus giving birth to the anemones that bloom every year the spring campaign in memory of Adonis.
This is a topic that inspired many famous painters especially the 17th and 18th century.
Pierre-Jacques Cazes (1676-1754)
French painter born in 1676 in Paris, and died in the same city 25 June 1754.
Pierre-Jacques Cazes received in 1704 at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture and became director and chancellor of the company.
It consists mainly mythological or religious subjects: Parisian church of Notre Dame de Paris, Saint-Gervais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés (St Peter raising Tabitha), Saint-Médard are decorated with his paintings.
He was a pupil Chardin.
He is the father of Jacques-Nicolas Cazes and Pierre-Michel Cazes, both painters, whose paintings signed "Cazes son" are difficult to attribute to either brother.
Pierre-Jacques Cazes; Venus & Adonis
Canvas: 80 x 100 cm
Sold € 26,000 by Sotheby's in Paris on 19/06/2007.