This rare oil on copper of the French school is in keeping with the fashion initiated by François de Troy in the kingdom of France in the second half of the 17th century: our allegorical portrait is treated with great sensitivity combining charm and finesse.
In his composition, our painter chooses to illustrate the sense of hearing with a series of wind instruments that the young woman grasps with her fine fingers: a soft flute in the left hand, an oboe and a clarinet in the right hand. And to reinforce the idea that the sound emitted by these instruments comes from the air, our allegorical figure is downwind and her Parma-colored stole flies away.
Our portrait is in its original provincial frame in carved and gilded wood.
Dimensions: 16 x 13 cm - 21 x 18 cm with the frame
François de Troy (Toulouse 1645 - Paris 21.11.1730) discovers painting under his father's brushes but it is in Paris, with Claude Lefebvre (1632 - 1675), that he perfected and was initiated to the art of portraiture. He settled there in 1662 and showed very early a real talent. It is with his "Mercury and Argus" that he is received at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1674 as a history painter, an academy of which he became director in 1708.
Joseph Malliot (1736-1811), in his manuscript "Vie de quelques artistes dont les ouvrages font l'ornement de la ville de Toulouse", perfectly summarizes the art of François de Troy: "Worthy pupil of Lefèvre, his works, full of intelligence and finesse, charmed by color. He deserved and received the highest praise for his portraits of women. Without altering the features, he had the art of adding grace and nobility. »
Alongside Hyacinthe Rigaud and Nicolas De Largillière, François de Troy was one of the greatest portrait painters during the reign of Louis XIV. Some historians even attribute to him the invention of the mythological portrait. His son Jean-François de Troy will follow his path and show an immense talent.