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Pierre Patel the Elder

Classical landscape with ancient ruins, figures in the foreground

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 20,000 USD

Pierre Patel the Elder

Pierre Patel the Elder

Classical landscape with ancient ruins, figures in the foreground

Classical landscape with ancient ruins, figures in the foreground

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 20,000 USD

Lot sold:

16,380

USD

Pierre Patel the Elder

Picardy circa 1605 - 1676 Paris

Classical landscape with ancient ruins, figures in the foreground 


oil on canvas

canvas: 20 1/4 by 23 3/4 in.; 51.5 by 60.4 cm.

framed: 28 3/4 by 36 in.; 73 by 91.4 cm. 

The canvas has been relined and is planar and stable. The paint layer has been nicely preserved under an even, clear varnish. The subtle colors, particularly in the sky and architecture at left, remain pleasant, as does the loos brushwork in the clouds. There is a craqueleure pattern throughout the canvas which is noticeable to the naked eye, particularly in the lighter areas. Ultraviolet light reveals only a few areas with retouching, mostly along the right edge and some in the darker areas of the foreground, including a few in Joseph's clothing. Overall the painting is in nice condition and can be hung as is. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.


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Sir Douglas Blackett, Baronet of Malden Hall in Northumberland, England;
Sale, London, Christie's, 28 November 1965;
There acquired by a private collector;
By whom anonymously sold, Chicago, Hindman, 24 May 2017, lot 9 (as attributed to Pierre Patel);
There acquired by the present owner. 
Pierre Patel was one of the most significant among the French landscapists to follow in the wake of Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin in the seventeenth century. Little is known of his life, but there is evidence that he was involved in several important interiors, including the Hôtel Lambert (1646-1647) and Anne of Austria’s apartments in the Palais du Louvre (1660). 

Influenced by Claude Lorrain’s luminosity (indeed Mariette described him as ‘France’s Claude Lorrain’), Pierre Patel’s compositions are solidly constructed in accordance with the classical tradition, mixing picturesque and poetic elements, often antique ruins, with a delicate atmospheric quality. 

Nathalie Coural has examined the painting in person and confirmed the attribution to Pierre Patel.