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Baroque and Rococo Art Map




Georges de La Tour




 


Georges de
La Tour

(b Vic-sur-Seille, bapt 14 March 1593; d Lunéville, 15 Jan 1653).

French painter. Although he has been increasingly recognized since the early 20th century as one of the most interesting painters of his age and his works have acquired great popularity, he was almost entirely forgotten during the three centuries after his death. Few facts are known about his life, and few of these may be directly related to his paintings. The reconstruction of his oeuvre has been one of the triumphs of art-historical scholarship, though many problems of attribution and chronology remain unresolved. Almost all his career was spent at Luneville, a small town 30 km from Nancy in the then independent duchy of Lorraine. His paintings, which are devoted to genre and religious subjects, seen in either daylight or candlelight, were conceived in a very personal variant of the style of Caravaggio. Many of them have a meditative, spiritual quality that has been compared to that found in the writings of his younger contemporary Blaise Pascal. This Christian atmosphere, which found expression in a style that seems to have moved towards an ever greater rigour of composition, simplification of forms and economy of means, has been related to Lorraine’s involvement in the Roman Catholic renewal of the Counter-Reformation. La Tour’s son Etienne de La Tour (b Luneville, bapt 2 Aug 1621; d Luneville, 10 April 1692) was trained in his father’s workshop but seems to have abandoned his career as a painter after becoming lieutenant of the bailiwick of Luneville in 1660. A number of works in the manner of his father have been attributed to him, although there is much controversy on this subject.

 


Musico ciego


 

 


Saint Jerome Reading

1621-23
Oil on canvas laid down on wood, 62.2 x 55 cm
Royal Collection, Hampton Court

 


Peasant Couple Eating


 

The Payment of Dues

1630-35
Oil on canvas, 99 x 152 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Lwow


 

Penitent St Jerome

c. 1630
Oil on canvas, 152 x 109 cm
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm


 

St Jerome

1630-35
Oil on canvas
Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble


 

St Thomas

1625-30
Oil on canvas, 69 x 61 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


 

Cheater with the Ace of Diamond

1620-40
Oil on canvas, 106 x 146 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


 

The Hurdy-gurdy Player

1631-36
Oil on canvas, 162 x 105 m
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes


 

Fortune Teller

1632-35
Oil on canvas, 102 x 123,5 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 

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