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606

Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet

Portrait of the poet André Chénier (1762-1794), three-quarter length, seated at a table covered in a green cloth with papers and an inkwell, his hand tucked into his jacket

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 20,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation

Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet

Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet

Portrait of the poet André Chénier (1762-1794), three-quarter length, seated at a table covered in a green cloth with papers and an inkwell, his hand tucked into his jacket

Portrait of the poet André Chénier (1762-1794), three-quarter length, seated at a table covered in a green cloth with papers and an inkwell, his hand tucked into his jacket

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 20,000 USD

Lot sold:

18,900

USD

Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation

Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet

Paris 1789 - Paris 1863

Portrait of the poet André Chénier (1762-1794), three-quarter length, seated at a table covered in a green cloth with papers and an inkwell, his hand tucked into his jacket


signed and dated lower left: H Vernet1825

oil on canvas, unlined

canvas: 15 7/8 b 12 3/4 in.; 40.3 by 32.4 cm.

framed: 19 3/4 by 16 3/4 in.; 50.2 by 42.5 cm. 

The canvas is unlined and the paint layer remains in very good condition, particularly in the lush, thick brushwork in the sitter's scarf. The colors are vibrant and fluid details remain vivid. The varnish is uneven, and appears as such under ultraviolet light. There are no retouchings that flouresce under ultraviolet light except for a repair in the canvas in the background, to the right of the sitter's head, about 1 cm. in diameter. It is visible to the naked eye and patched on the reverse of the canvas, though it does not interfere with the overall presentation of the painting and composition. Offered in a carved, giltwood frame.


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André Chénier was an influential and important poet of Revolutionary France, though most of his work was not published until the early 19th century, almost 25 years after his demise during the Terror. The legend of his political struggle and ultimate death was immortalized in Umberto Giordano’s opera Andrea Chénier (1896) as well as Chateaubriand’s work Le Génie du christianisme (1802), Sainte-Beuve’s Joseph Delorme (1829), and Vigny’s Stello (1832).