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François Pascal Simon Gérard, called Baron Gérard

Portrait of Louis-Marie de la Révellière-Lépeaux, seated in a landscape

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 USD

François Pascal Simon Gérard, called Baron Gérard

François Pascal Simon Gérard, called Baron Gérard

Portrait of Louis-Marie de la Révellière-Lépeaux, seated in a landscape

Portrait of Louis-Marie de la Révellière-Lépeaux, seated in a landscape

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 USD

François Pascal Simon Gérard, called Baron Gérard

Rome 1770 - 1837 Paris

Portrait of Louis-Marie de la Révellière-Lépeaux, seated in a landscape


oil on panel

panel: 12 1/2 by 9 1/2 in.; 31.7 by 24.1 cm.

framed: 22 1/2 by 19 1/2 in.; 57.2 by 49.5 cm.

The painting is on a single wood panel which has been beveled on all four sides on the reverse and remains flat and stable. The paint layer has been well- preserved, and there is lively brushwork and impasto throughout. Some areas appear thinner but this is intentional and due to the sketch-like nature of the work, and it is interesting to be able to see some drawing beneath the paint layer. The varnish is clear, even, and bright; the colors are retained nicely. Under ultraviolet light a handful of small, 1-mm retouches are visible in the sky and jacket of the gentlemen, but these are very well done and not noticeable to the naked eye. Offered in a carved giltwood frame.


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This painting is one of two known ricordos of the original portrait by Gérard now in Musée des Beaux-Arts, Angers (inv. no. MBA 66). Louis-Marie de la Révellière-Lépeaux sat to Gérard in the springtime of 1798 in Andilly, in the valley of Montmorency in the north of Paris. The two were close friends and the artist Gerard van Spaendonck, another friend of theirs, contributed the flowers which the sitter holds in his hand (which are not included in the ricordo).


Another ricordo of the portrait, on canvas and slightly smaller than the present work on panel, is in Versailles (inv. no. MV 4854). Gérard was known to paint these small sketches after his finished works to be kept in his own studio as a kind of remembrance of his great portraits; given this depicts a close friend, it is unsurprising that he might have completed more than one version. 


We are grateful to Alain Latreille for his assistance with the cataloguing of this painting.