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Homage to the Dauphin, 1638, (painting)

Artist:
Leman, Jacques Edmond
Subject:
Louis XIV
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 100
"(Fr. Paris. Honorable mention, Paris Salon. Chevalier of the Order of Francis Joseph of Austria and of the Order of Leopold of Belgium. Homage to the dauphin, 1638. 76 x 42. This is a work which deserves long and minute study. It is from the Paris Salon of 1876. " The infant son and heir of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria is being presented to the court to receive its homage. This is the royal babe who, in after years, as Louis XIV, walked booted and spurred into the legislative assmembly of France and told her representatives to go home, as he intended to govern without them. The servile crowd of grandees, who are here bowing before the infant, heard from the lips of the man the historic words: 'I am the state' (l'etat, c'est moi.). It is difficult to repress such reflections while viewing this magnificent revival of that first court pageant in which the Royal child took part. to recreate such a scene, even though but of yesterday, is a great labor. But to conjure up from the past, after a lapse of two and a half centuries, a court solemnity of this description; to bring the dead to life, to clothe them with historical accuracy, and make them move, speak and act, as the painter has done in this work, is a much more arduous undertaking. The amount of study required for such a picture is difficult to imagine. Every detail of the architecture and decoration, every face, figure and costume demanded accurate and painful research. And yet in this noble canvas there is not a trace of the stiffness which might to some extent be expected. everything is freedom, ease, grace, lightness and beauty. the grouping and coloring are masterly. The joyous queen mother and the Royal father will be at once recognized. The other personages, beginning on the left, are the following: lady of honor (in front), Madame de Lausac, Princess de Guemene, Princess de Conde (seated), Countess de Soissons, Duchess de la Tremouille, Duchess de Montpensier (young girl), Duchess de Bouillon, Marshal de Bassompierre, Duke de Chevreuse, Duke de Longueville, Duke de la Tremouille, Duke de Liancourt, Duke de Chavigny, Bishop of Beauvais, (king's confessor)."
A Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of D.W. Powers, Rochester, N.Y. with Explanations and Sketches of Painters by C.C. Merriman. Rochester, N.Y.: E.R. Andrews, Book and Job Printer, Aqueduct Street, 1877.
Artist nationality: French.
Artist address: Paris.
Artist professional affiliation: O.L.B.
Topic:
Ceremony--Royal
History--France--Louis XIII
Ceremony--Procession
Figure(s) In Interior--Castle
Portrait male--Child
Figure group
Occupation--Other--Aristocrat
Control number:
AECI 04120100
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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