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Jacques-André Portail
'LA CONVERSATION'
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
58
Jacques-André Portail
'LA CONVERSATION'
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master & British Drawings including French Masterworks from the Dormeuil Collection

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Jacques-André Portail
BREST 1695 - 1759 VERSAILLES
'LA CONVERSATION'

Provenance

The Comte de Gabriac;
anonymous sale, Paris, 6 March 1899, lot 84,
acquired at the sale by Georges Dormeuil (L.1146a),
thence by descent to the present owners

Exhibited

London, Royal Academy of Arts, Exhibition of French Art 1200-1900, 1932, no. 732;
Copenhagen, palais de Charlottenburg, L'Art française du XVIIIe siècle, 1935, no. 482 

Literature

J. Guiffrey and P. Marcel, Société de Reproduction des Dessins de Mâitres, III, Paris 1911, pl. 19;
X. Salmon, Jacques-André Portail, Cahier du Dessin Français no. 10, Paris 1996, p. 20, no. 39, reproduced p. 65

Catalogue Note

Like lot 54, above, this is one of Portail's most beautiful and accomplished drawings, in which he comes particularly close in style to Watteau.  In this case, though, there is another dimension to this stylistic proximity, in that here Portail has made extensive use of graphite in combination with red chalk.  As noted in relation lot 55, Watteau used graphite increasingly frequently towards the end of his life, taking full advantage of the additional visual possibilities offered by adding this medium to the traditional trois crayons, and combining the four pigments in various ways. 

Although Portail does not here employ either black or white chalk, the combination of red chalk and graphite is very sophisticated, creating an image of great visual interest and depth.

 

Old Master & British Drawings including French Masterworks from the Dormeuil Collection

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London