Oil on canvas and its original frame
In its period frame in carved wood with its original gilding, model called "Berain".
Total dimensions with frame : 95 x 79 cm. The canvas : 74 x 57 cm
Rare 17th century painting representing Eymard de la Grée (born in 1637, died in 1696), Cavalry Captain in the Clermont regiment.
He is portrayed in bust and profile with his head turned to the right, wearing armor and a fine lace jabot. His long, curly hairstyle is in the fashion of his time and, like King Louis XIV, he wears a fine "fang" mustache. His lively and determined gaze presages a strong personality.
Pierre Mignard, a classical French painter of the 17th century, is best known for his portraits of the royal family and his contemporaries.
His reputation began during a stay in Rome in the early 1650's. In 1657, Louis XIV invited him to Paris to work at the Court, and a stopover in Avignon saw his first encounter with Molière. A strong friendship was established and the painter became one of the few people close to the actor outside his troupe. In 1664 Mignard completed the frescoes in the church of Val de Grace in Paris, and Molière composed a eulogy for them, published in 1669. Despite the royal approval he received, Mignard repeatedly refused to enter the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. He nevertheless became its director in 1690.
Admired in the 17th century, considered as a model in the 18th century, he was forgotten or denigrated in the history of art in the 19th century. Born a little over 400 years ago, it is interesting to rediscover this talented artist.