Portrait of the Marquis d'Havrincourt

Nicolas de Largillière (French, 1656-1746)
c. 1713
Oil on canvas 
overall: 32 x 25 1/2 in. (81.28 x 64.77 cm) 
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The Norton Simon Foundation 
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© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

Largillière received his early training in Antwerp and London and went on to become one of the most successful portrait painters in the second half of Louis XIV's reign. Inspired by Flemish painting in his use of color, Largillière created rich and luxurious surfaces in which the physical presence of the sitter and the sensuous beauty of the visible world are clearly described. The luminous, sensual depiction of the Marquis' velvet wrap exemplifies this aesthetic.


Alphonse Pierre de Cardevac, Marquis d’Havrincourt, Château Havrincourt, Pas-de-Calais, France.
[André Weil, Paris, either jointly owned or on consignment to Duveen Bros., New York, Paris and London by 1935-1937, sold 25 April 1951 to]
[Duveen Brothers, New York, stock no. 30141, sold 1965 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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