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Joseph-Marie Vien

Agamemnon in his tent refusing to give Chryseis back to her father | Agamemnon dans sa tente refusant de rendre Chryséis à son père

Joseph-Marie Vien

Joseph-Marie Vien

Agamemnon in his tent refusing to give Chryseis back to her father | Agamemnon dans sa tente refusant de rendre Chryséis à son père

Agamemnon in his tent refusing to give Chryseis back to her father | Agamemnon dans sa tente refusant de rendre Chryséis à son père

Joseph-Marie Vien

Montpellier 1716 - 1809 Paris

Agamemnon in his tent refusing to give Chryseis back to her father


Oil on paper glued to a board mount

Original sheet (papier d'origine) : 17,2 x 23 cm ; 6¾ by 9 in. ; mount (ensemble) : 21,5 x 26,9 cm ; 8½ by 10½ in.

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Joseph-Marie Vien

Montpellier 1716 - 1809 Paris

Agamemnon dans sa tente refusant de rendre Chryséis à son père


Huile sur papier collé sur un montage en carton

Original sheet (papier d'origine) : 17,2 x 23 cm ; 6¾ by 9 in. ; mount (ensemble) : 21,5 x 26,9 cm ; 8½ by 10½ in.

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Sale Vien, Paris, 1809, lot 78.

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Vente Vien, Paris, 1809, lot 78.

A. Paillet, Catalogue des tableaux, dessins sous verre et en feuilles etc., Composant le Cabinet et les Études de feu Joseph-marie Vien, Paris 1809, p. 17, no.78;

T. W. Gaehtgens, J. Lugand, Joseph-Marie Vien, Peintre du Roi (1716-1809), Paris 1988, p. 202, no.255.

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A. Paillet, Catalogue des tableaux, dessins sous verre et en feuilles etc., Composant le Cabinet et les Études de feu Joseph-marie Vien, Paris, 1809, p. 17, n°78 ;

T. W. Gaehtgens, J. Lugand, Joseph-Marie Vien, Peintre du Roi (1716-1809), Paris, 1988, p. 202, n°255.

The episode Vien illustrates in this painting is taken from Book I of the Iliad. Homer tells the story of Briseis, captured during the Trojan War by Achilles, who received her as a reward for his victory, enslaved her and made her his concubine. Agamemnon had done likewise with Chryseis, whose father asks for her return in exchange for a ransom (the precise moment illustrated here). Agamemnon demands that Achilles returns Briseis to him, to compensate for the loss of Chryseis, who eventually rejoins her father in a ship captained by Ulysses.


This delightful work, distinguished by the freshness of its execution and in good condition, is without doubt the sketch which appeared in an 1809 sale as lot 78. It should be noted that the sale expert, Paillet, confused Chryseis with Briseis (corrected by Thomas Gaethgens and Jacques Lugand in their monograph of the artist, no. 255).

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La scène représentée ici par Vien est tirée du Premier livre de l'Iliade. Homère y relate l'histoire de Briséis, enlevée par Achille lors de la guerre de Troie et devenue son esclave et concubine en récompense de sa victoire. Agamemnon en fait de même avec Chryséis ; aussi, lorsque son père réclame le retour de celle-ci en lui réglant une rançon (c'est le sujet exact représenté ici), Agamemnon exige d'Achille le retour de Briséis, en contrepartie de la perte de Chryséis. Celle-ci finit par rejoindre son père, dans un navire conduit par Ulysse.


Cette œuvre charmante, d'une grande fraîcheur d'exécution et dans un bel état de conservation, est sans nulle doute l'esquisse présentée lors de la vente de 1809 sous le no. 78. Notons seulement que l'expert, Paillet (repris d'ailleurs par Thomas Gaethgens et Jacques Lugand dans leur monographie sur l'artiste, no. 255) confond Chryséis avec Briséis...