Portrait of a young gentleman
Oil on canvas of 73 cm by 59 cm.
Antique frames of the choice of 86 cm by 70 cm or 100 cm by 84 cm
This character with a lively and sparkling expression is represented in a feigned oval, clothed in a striped satin dressing-gown, which he holds with his right hand, a fine lace protruding from his neck; He is wearing an imposing long wig known as "Leonine" which allows to date this painting of the century of Louis XIV and the last quarter of the XVIIth.
Claude Lefèbvre (1632-1675)
Son of the painter Jean Lefebvre (1600-1664), Claude Lefèbvre was baptized on 12 September 1632 in the church of Saint-Louis de Fontainebleau. He was sponsored by Claude de Hoëy (1585-1660), master painter and valet de chambre of the king, And for godmother lady Morilot, the daughter of the king's attorney at Fontainebleau.
Claude Lefebvre was first the pupil of Claude d'Hoey in his native town of Fontainebleau, then of Eustache Le Sueur (1654) and Charles Le Brun (1655) who would have advised the portrait.
Received at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1663, he became assistant professor in 1664. He did not realize his reception piece (a work imposed by the Royal Academy on his future members) only a few years later. It is the Portrait of Monseigneur Colbert, commissioned in 1662 but presented on 30 October 1666 and initially placed in the rotunda among the benefactors of the Academy.
Under the influence of his master Charles Le Brun, Lefebvre specializes and excels in the art of portraiture thanks to an advanced technique recognized by his contemporaries. He exhibited 9 portraits of his hand in the Salon du Louvre in 1673.
The numerous engravings of his works reveal his success as a court painter (the engravers Guillaume Chasteau and Benoît Audran ensure the diffusion of his portrait of Colbert during the reign of Louis XIV). Other engravers contributed to the success of the painter's works by multiplying the diffusion of his portraits throughout the kingdom (Edelinck, Nicolas de Poilly and Pierre-Louis van Schuppen).
Fortunately, some first-rate paintings have come down to us. They can be admired at the Château de Versailles, the National Gallery in London, the Louvre and other museums (Metz, Orléans ...).