Louis LAGRENEE (Paris 1725-1805).
Jeune femme au bain (Young Lady at Bath).
L'offrande à l'Armour (Offering for Cupid).
Pair of coppers.
Young Lady at Bath: signed and dated lower right on the stone: L. Lagrenée / 1776
Offering for Cupid: signed and dated lower left: L. Lagrenée / 1775
Height: 43 cm (17 in.) - Width: 34 cm (13-1/4 in.).
Former collection of the Duke of Liancourt (price paid for paintings: 1300 pounds)
Aubert Sale, jeweler for the Royal Court, Paris, March 2, 1786 n70 (support for paintings is not detailed).
Anonymous Sale, Drouot (Ader-Tajan), Paris, December 11, 1992 n' 54 reproduced.
Perhaps the Salon of 1777 (several paintings with the same number).
Marc Sandoz, Les Lagrenée, Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée 1725-1805, Paris, 1983, vol. I, n' 284 and 285 (unknown locale for the paintings, painted according to Sandoz on carton).
A copy on panel of "Offering to Cupid" was at a Parisian store in 1982 (reproduced is Sandoz's, op. cit. supra, pl. XXXVIII, fig. 285)
A pupil of Carle van Loo, Louis Lagrenée followed in the footsteps of his master and was inspired by the Bolognese school of the 17th century. He had a successful career both in France and abroad, notably in Russia where he was appointed first painter to the Empress in 1760. On his return to Paris in 1763, he oriented towards a new style initiated by Joseph Marie Vien. This pair of coppers illustrate the new taste for Antiquity with a purer style, smooth treatment and colder colors.
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