French School of the Second Half of the 18th Century-Architectural Caprice-Atelier by Pierre-Antoine Demachy (1723-1807)
Canvas 67 cm by 47 cm
Beautiful frame of 86 cm by 66 cm
Pierre-Antoine Demachy (1723-1807)
Pierre-Antoine Demachy is the son of Antoine Demachy, journeyman carpenter, and Anne Nau. In 1754 he was a pupil of Giovanni Niccolo Servandoni.
In 1755, he was approved as a painter of architecture by the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, and exhibited at the Salon from 1757 to 1802. He was received as an architectural painter at the Academy on September 30, 1758 with Ruins d architecture (Paris, Louvre Museum, under the title A Temple in Ruins).
Demachy paints the life-size trompe-l'œil decor imitating the architecture of the facade of the Sainte-Geneviève church for the laying of the first stone by King Louis XV on September 6, 1764. It is worth appointed painter of architecture of the stage sets at the Menus-Plaisirs du Roi.
Pierre Contant d'Ivry realizes the new staircase of the Palais-Royal in 1767. Demachy paints three architectural paintings of the palace.
In 1768, Catherine II commissioned paintings through her ambassador in Paris, Prince Galitzine. At the beginning of the year, Demachy asked for the paintings he had painted for the Palais Royal. In 1769, the studio of the painter Jean-François Amand, at the Louvre Palace, was awarded to him, he trained students there. From 1776, his son, Gilles-Pierre, is his pupil. In 1775, when Drouais died, he was elected to the Academy.
He is the author of many paintings on the monuments of Paris, especially the Louvre Palace. In 1762, he represented the Saint-Germain market at the time of his fire. They are an opportunity to show the daily life in the streets of Paris: we see washerwomen, the laundry lying along the docks, men and cows are refreshed, boatmen go off. It shows the flight of the Tuileries aerostats in 1784.
In a general way, his works are scenes of history or subjects of architecture (real or caprices). He is considered one of Hubert Robert's happiest rivals.