Jacques-Antoine VALLIN (around 1760, Paris – after 1831, Paris)
Bacchante and Love - Offering to Bacchus
Oils on panels
21 x 16.5 cm
Provenance (from a label on the back): Neuville & Vivien Gallery, 90, rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, Paris 8th, active from 1930 to 1957
Jacques-Antoine Vallin, who was the son of a sculptor-carver at the Quai de la Mégisserie, entered the school of the Royal Academy of Painting in 1779 under the protection of the history painter Gabriel Doyen; he was also a student of Antoine-François Callet and Antoine Renou (1731-1806). He is known as an elegant specialist in depictions of bathers, nymphs and other more or less naked bacchantes, mythological scenes against a backdrop of glades or wooded landscapes, a genre he appropriated for nearly thirty years. He began his career, however, with marine landscapes close to Joseph Vernet, which he exhibited during his first stints at the Salon in 1791. He also produced Greuzian-inspired portraits and several paintings of ancient history. modern that he presented in priority to the Salon. Vallin is in a way the extension of the gallant bacchanals and pastorales of Jacques-Philippe Caresme (1734-1796), but with a vein much less Rubenian and more neoclassical even historical, corresponding to his time, and borrowing from artists like Prud'hon or David; his painted works have a nice freshness of colors and a real grace in the faces and attitudes of the characters.
Our two pictures are to be related to two larger compositions of Vallin.
The offering to Bacchus thus corresponds to the left part of a painting (panel, 41.5 x 55 cm, N ° 65 Beaussant-Lefevre sale, 02/12/2005) where the right part is occupied by shepherdesses and a naked shepherd dancing and a perspective towards a landscape of hills. The tableautin could have been a work in itself, which Vallin would have reused on occasion a more ambitious painting, or a preparatory study for this painting.
Bacchante et Amour also corresponds to the left part of a larger painting dated 1817 (panel, 45 x 55 cm, N ° 159 sale Christie's London, 06/07/2012) with in the right part a couple of shepherds dancing with a love, with an opening to a landscape.
In 1817, Vallin is domiciled at 33 rue Saint André des Arts.