Portrait of Lambert de Vermont

Nicolas de Largillière (French, 1656-1746)
c. 1697
Oil on canvas 
57-1/2 x 44-3/4 in. (146.1 x 113.7 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
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Portraiture represented one of the most important aspects of painting in eighteenth century France and Largillière was a leader in this genre. French by birth, he moved to Antwerp as a youth where he absorbed important lessons of color from the Flemish school. His style was fully developed within the tradition of Rubens and Van Dyck. After he returned to Paris in 1682, Largillière modified his Flemish style and established himself as the foremost portraitist of the Parisian bourgeoisie. Largillière promoted the colorism of the north and was the first to recognize this gift in Chardin. His delicacy of touch and his fondness for the fleeting effects of light and color anticipate the rococo lightness soon to prevail.


Baron Alphonse de Rothschild, Château de Ferrières, by descent in the Rothschild family;
[P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, sold 1982 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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