View 1 of Lot 556. Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, holding a pair of gloves.
View 1 of Lot 556. Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, holding a pair of gloves.
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Claude Lefebvre

Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, holding a pair of gloves

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 USD

Property from the Collection of David and Louise Carter

Claude Lefebvre

Claude Lefebvre

Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, holding a pair of gloves

Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, holding a pair of gloves

Estimate:

10,000 - 15,000 USD

Lot sold:

17,640

USD

Property from the Collection of David and Louise Carter

Claude Lefebvre

Fontainebleau 1632 – 1675 Paris

Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, holding a pair of gloves


oil on canvas

canvas: 38 3/4 by 30 in.; 98.5 by 78.2 cm.

framed: 49 3/4 by 40 1/2 in.; 126.4 by 102.9 cm.

Elverson, Philadelphia;
Mr. Julius H. Weitzner, by 1946;
With Jaques Seligmann and Co., by 1953;
Akron Institute of Arts, Ohio;
By whom sold, Sotheby's Parke Bernet, New York, 12 January 1979, lot 88;
There acquired. 
New York, Wildenstein & Co., French Paintings of the Time of Louis XII and Louis XIV, 8 May - 1 June 1946, no. 24;
Palm Beach, The Society of the Four Arts, Portraits, Figures and Landscapes, January 12 - February 4, 1951, no. 27;
Des Moines, Iowa, Des Moines Art Center, Portraits and Figure Paintings by French Artists of the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, December 5 - 30, 1952;
New York, Jacques Seligmann and Co., Exhibition of Seventeenth Century French Paintings and Drawings, 23 November - 12 December 1953, no. 7;
Birmingham, Alabama, Birmingham Museum of Art, The Reformation and Counter-Reformation, September 15 - October 15, 1954.
Despite the relatively few paintings by the artist which survive today, Lefebvre was one of the most famous portrait painters of his time.  Born into a family of painters in Fontainebleau, he was trained at the Academy under Charles Le Brun, who encouraged him to focus on portraits.  His work was greatly influenced by Philippe de Champaigne, but eventually he developed his own style which is reflected in the cold yet deep color tones and gravity of personality seen in the present painting.