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Georges de La Tour

"From Darkness into Light"




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Georges de La Tour




 

Georges de La Tour

born , March 19, 1593, Vic-sur-Seille, Lorraine, Fr.
died Jan. 30, 1652, Luneville


painter, mostly of candlelit subjects, who was well known in his own time but then forgotten until well into the 20th century, when the identification of many formerly misattributed works established his modern reputation as a giant of French painting.

La Tour became a master painter and eventually settled in Luneville. King Louis XIII, Henry II of Lorraine, and the Duke de La Ferte were among the collectors of his work. Although the chronology of La Tour's output is uncertain, it is clear that he initially painted in a realistic manner and was influenced by the dramatic chiaroscuro of Caravaggio or his followers.

The paintings of La Tour's maturity, however, are marked by a startling geometric simplification of the human form and by the depiction of interior scenes lit only by the glare of candles or torches. His religious paintings done in this manner have a monumental simplicity and a stillness that expresses both contemplative quiet and wonder.

The body of his work was conclusively identified by the German art historian Hermann Voss and by other scholars after 1915. La Tour's work also exhibits a high degree of originality in colour and composition; the characteristic simplification of forms gives many of his pictures a deceptively modern appearance. Among La Tour's most impressive candlelit scenes are “The Newborn,” “St. Joseph the Carpenter,” and “The Lamentation over St. Sebastian.” “The Hurdy-gurdy Player” and “The Sharper” are among his less numerous daylight compositions.

(Encyclopaedia Britannica)

 
 


From Darkness into Light






Rediscovering Georges de La Tour


 

 


St Sebastien Attended by St Irene

c. 1649
Oil on canvas, 167 x 130 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris
     

 


St Sebastien Attended by St Irene (detail)

 

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The Dream of St Joseph

c. 1640
Oil on canvas, 93 x 81 cm
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Nantes
 

 

The Dream of St Joseph (detail)

The Dream of St Joseph (detail)
             
 

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Christ in the Carpenter's Shop

1645
Oil on canvas
Musee du Louvre, Paris


Christ in the Carpenter's Shop (detail)

 

 

 


Christ in the Carpenter's Shop (detail)


Christ in the Carpenter's Shop (detail)

 

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The New-born

1640s
Oil on canvas, 76 x 91 cm
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rennes

 

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The New-born

1640s
Oil on canvas
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rennes
 

 


The New-born (detail)

 


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