18th century Oil Painting, Circle of Francois de Troy, Portrait of La Duchesse de Longueville, 18th century oil on canvas. Fran?ois de Troy became a fashionable portrait painter in Paris, with a style of portraiture based on Flemish and Dutch models that included van Dyck and Rembrandt. The son of Fran?ois, Jean-Fran?ois de Troy, made his name as a painter of portraits, history subjects and tapestry designs, but he is known chiefly for his Rococo ‘tableaux de modes’, representing fashionable life and amorous encounters. He was accepted by Acad?mie Royale and in 1674 was received (re?u) as a history painter with a morceau de r?ception that depicted Mercury and Argus (Paris, Ecole Nationale Sup?rieur des Beaux-Arts). His known works of this period include tapestry designs for Mme de Montespan, mistress of Louis XIV, and several unexceptional religious and mythological paintings (e.g. Susanna and the Elders and Lot and his Daughters, both St. Petersburg, Hermitage). Early in his career he became friendly with Roger de Piles, who first introduced him to Dutch and Flemish painting. After Lefebvre’s death in 1675 de Troy dedicated himself to portraiture in the hope of attracting the same clientele as his late teacher. In 1679 he received his first important commission, for a portrait of the Swedish ambassador Nils Bielke, and a year later was commissioned for the portrait of Anne-Marie of Bavaria, the bride of the Grand Dauphin. He was known for his unique ability to capture the nobility’s preoccupation with manners, sartorial modes and social position.
#7891 Circle of Francois de Troy, Portrait of La Duchesse de Longueville, 18th C. Oil