"Vierge à l'enfant"
Oil on canvas signed and dated 1903 lower right:
"François Flameng pixit anno MIXCIII."
Dimensions: H. 63 x W. 39 cm.
(With frame: H. 77.5 x W. 56.5 cm)
Son of the painter and engraver Léopold Flameng, François Flameng learns painting from his father and enters the Paris School of Fine Arts. He will benefit from the teaching of the greatest masters of academic painting of the time: Alexandre Cabanel, Pierre Hédouin and Jean-Paul Laurens. He acquires an incomparable drawing and painting technique. Like that of his masters, the art of Flameng is academic and draws its sources from the neoclassical school of which Ingres is the best representative.
He exhibited at the Salon de Paris from 1873. He was awarded the Salon prize in 1879, and the Grand Prix at the 1889 Universal Exhibition. François Flameng quickly received many official commissions for portraits and historical paintings, in France and abroad. He was very famous during his lifetime, and his works are now in the greatest museums in the world. He was appointed professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1905, and was a member of the Institute and the Committee of French Artists.
The bulk of Flameng's work consists of portraits, historical and military scenes, and some orientalist paintings. Our painting is an absolutely unique, rare work. At the border of symbolism and religious painting, Flameng presents a magnificent subject: a virgin with child. One will note the grace and expressiveness of the faces, the subtlety of the skin tones, the care taken in the composition and the perfect harmony of gold and colours. François Flameng offers us a scene that is both intimate and luminous, where the human and the divine are in close proximity. On its original canvas, the painting is in an absolutely perfect state.
Paris, Musée d'Orsay
Paris, Petit Palais
London, Royal Collection
Manchester, Currier Museum of Art
Marseille, Museum of Fine Arts
Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada
Saint Petersburg, Hermitage Museum
San Francisco, Museum of Fine Arts
Washington, Smithsonian American Art Museum
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