French school of the XVIIth century: The death of Cleopatra attributed to Etienne and Gabriel Allegrain, father and son.
Oil on panel of 71 cm by 50 cm.
Beautiful 17th century frame (with original gilding) 83 cm by 62 cm.
Our painting represents the death of Cleopatra in an animated and architectured landscape of ancient Rome that can also be found in Nicolas Poussin's "Ashes of Phocion" for example, or at Francisque Millet.
Étienne Allegrain (Paris, March 19, 1645- Paris, April 2, 1736) is a French painter and engraver.
In the eighteenth century, he was considered one of the best landscape painter. Inspired by Poussin, he favored the evocation of atmospheres and calm atmospheres accompanied by a deep play of light. He was received at the Royal Academy of Painting on December 4, 1677.
He is also an etcher. Some of his engraved landscapes were finished with the chisel by Gérard Audran and sold by him.
He is the father of Gabriel Allegrain (also painter and grandfather of Christophe-Gabriel Allegrain, sculptor and great-grandfather of Gabriel Allegrain sculptor at the port of Rochefort.
He is unknown until 1688, when he painted views of the park of Versailles for the gallery of Trianon. He still works for the King in 1695 and in 1700 at the menagerie. It is unfortunately difficult to distinguish his works from those of his son Gabriel because their paintings are similar enough, are usually not signed.