Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Charles Claude de Flahaut, Comte d’Angiviller, 1763

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

When this portrait was exhibited at the 1763 Salon, d’Angiviller was in charge of the household of the dauphin’s sons and at that time he developed a close relationship with the future Louis XVI, who would later name him director general of the Batîments du Roi. He was deeply committed to his post, which was the equivalent of minister of culture. Under his leadership, paintings illustrating important moments in French history and sculptures of the great men of France were commissioned in an effort to restore the arts to greater nobility of style and content. 

D’Angiviller was a constant patron of Greuze and in 1782 acquired for the state the artist’s “A Marriage Contract” of 1761 (Musée du Louvre, Paris). Here he wears the red ribbon and Order of St. Louis in recognition of his early, brilliant military career. This carefully elaborated, brightly colored picture displays the intimacy and liveliness of the best rococo painting. It is not a state portrait but a rather personal one, on a relatively small, domestic scale.

 

Posted on June 16 2012, with 35 Notes

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