Art market Magazine September 2015

 
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Jean-Jacques Lagrenée (1739-1821), "Le repos pendant la fuite en Égypte", oil on canvas, 149 x 200 cm. Estimate: €20,000/30,000.

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Lagrenée the Younger
Jean-Jacques was the younger of the two Lagrenée brothers. Trained by his older sibling, though never quite as famous, Lagrenée
the Younger nevertheless had an illustrious career, gaining admittance to the Academy in 1769 on the strength of his "Winter" ceiling for the Apollo Gallery in the Palais du Louvre. "The Rest on the Flight into Egypt ", a charming composition (see photo) being sold at Drouot on 21 September by the Leclère auction house, demonstrates all the artist's talent: the skilful composition (similar to a drawing at the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts), the delicacy of the faces with their Greek lines, the full draperies and the masterful use of colour. The painting is thought to be part of a commission for Montmartre Abbey (standing on the slopes of the Mont des Martyrs, now the Butte Montmartre in Paris). This was a commission for five canvases, including "Jesus is laid in the Tomb" and "Doubting Thomas", both now in the Musée de Québec, which also depict their subjects in halflength. Thought to be lost, the "Virgin in Egypt" of this series could well be the painting here. The commission came through in 1770, at the start of the history painter's career. The young man had recently returned from his stay in Italy, where he had immersed himself in the study of historical works, landscapes and ancient ruins. As such, he embodied the new guard of French painting. Stéphanie Perris-Delmas

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