French school from the beginning of the 18th century attributed to Robert Levrac de Tounières (1667; 1752) and his workshop. Portrait of a young gentleman.
Linen canvas 91 cm by 72.5 cm
Frame 101 cm by 82.5 cm
This very beautiful and elegant painting offers us a richly dressed young gentleman. Over a white shirt, he wears a velvet jacket finely embroidered with gold thread, a spectacular lace tie and a red velvet coat.
Robert Levrac de Tounières (1667; 1752)
His father, an engraver by trade, had married a widow, the mother of François Lemoyne, of whom he was to be the first master. After completing his classical studies, he entered the studio of one of his parents, a mediocre painter, whom he soon surpassed.
A pupil of Lucas Delahaye, then of Bon de Boulogne and Hyacinthe Rigaud, Tournières was admitted twice to the Royal Academy of Painting in 1702, as a portrait painter and on October 24, 1716, as a painter of history. Student of Rigaud therefore for whom he worked in the famous workshop for two years (1698 and 1699)
With a real talent as a physiognomist and painter, Tournières enjoyed a very great reputation during his lifetime. Highly sought after in his time, he was the portrait painter of the Regent, chancellors, many political personalities and left more than two hundred portraits preserved for the most part in private collections. His numerous portraits representing characters of various classes: ministers, magistrates, ladies of the court, artists, merchants. With a delicate color, a perfect suitability in pose and fit, a beautiful elegance in the draperies, he is a recognized and appreciated artist. He gave the French expression of the portrait a particular truth and vigor.