The Landing of Helen and Paris, at the Gates of Troy, (painting)
Lairesse, Gerard 1640-1711
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 125 (Sale info: For Sale).
"This is a beautiful and splendid composition of this much admired master. In his painting he was wonderfully quick and expeditious, having such a readiness of pencil as directly corresponded with the loveliness of his imagination, and the sprightliness of his ideas, and that extraordinary power of hand is sufficiently evinced, by the great number of composi- tions which he finished. of his quickness, he gave one incontestible proof, by having laid a large wager, that he would finish in one day, on a pretty wide canvass, a picture of apollo, and the nine muses, which wager he won, although he also painted the portrait of a person who stood admiring his work, for the head of the Apollo. In every one of his pictures, there are great appearances of a masterly genius; for his expression generally is lively, his colouring good, true, and glowing, and a light firm touch, gives a beauty and value to every thing he painted. In his draperies may be observed taste of the best masters of Italy; they are light, broad, simple, and in very natural folds. Painted by Gerard Lairesse, who was born at Liege, 1640, died 1711." [P. 21.]
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