Laurent PECHEUX (Lyon 1729 - Turin 1821)

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2000 - 3000 EUR
Laurent PECHEUX (Lyon 1729 - Turin 1821)
The Presentation at the Temple Grey wash over black stone lines 53.5 x 42 cm
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Provenance:
- Collection A. La Fontaine Collection (according to an inscription on the reverse).
Note :
Born in Lyon, Laurent Pêcheux spent most of his career in Italy, where he arrived in 1753. As part of the neoclassical movement, he was influenced mainly by the Roman Batoni and his German rival Mengs. Distinguished in Rome for the Portrait of the Jesuit
François Jacquier, he was asked to work at the Court of Parma, where he became the official portraitist. He painted a notable portrait of the future Queen of Spain, Marie-Louise de Bourbon Parma, as well as the decorations for the ducal chapel in Colorno.
He then worked again in Rome, painting frescoes for great families such as the Borghese. Pêcheux worked for nearly twenty years, without ever returning to France, on a series of twelve paintings on the life of Christ, including a Presentation in the Temple, for the Collegiate Church of Notre Dame in Dole, between 1762 and 1781. He also received commissions for foreign enthusiasts such as Catherine II of Russia.
From 1776, Laurent Pêcheux moved to Turin, appointed director of the Albertina Academy, and also worked on the frescoes of the Royal Library.
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