Charles Le Brun

Charles Le Brun - Large Format Fine Art Prints and Reproductions

Charles Le Brun (1619 - 1690) was the most important and influential designer during the reign of the French king, Louis XIV. His work in the Baroque style permeated design and decoration in almost every medium; for nearly thirty years he personally designed or supervised the production of most of the paintings, sculptures, and decorative objects commissioned by the French court. Trained as a painter, Le Brun worked with many of the leading artists of his day, including Simon Vouet and Nicolas Poussin, with whom he studied in Rome.

In the 1650s Nicolas Fouquet, the powerful and influential minister of finance, commissioned Le Brun to decorate his chapel at the château of Vaux-le-Vicomte; his work there made Le Brun's reputation. After Louis XIV saw Vaux, he summoned Le Brun to Fontainebleau in 1660, eventually making him premier peintre du roi (First Painter to the King), a position with enormous power and influence and a large salary. Three years later, he was appointed as director of the Gobelins tapestry manufactory, which he expanded from a small tapestry workshop to a large factory supplying all the royal houses of Europe with furniture, tapestries, and other works of arts. He worked as a painter and designer at the various royal palaces, including Fontainebleau and the Louvre, but his greatest contribution was his work at the newly rebuilt Versailles.

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Charles Le Brun

Portrait of Everhard Jabach and Family

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The picture is at once a portrait of family relations and of a painter’s relationship to a key patron. The assemblage of objects lying on the floor at the feet of Jabach symbolizes his cultural interests: a Bible, an open copy of Sebastiano Serlio’s architectural treatise, a compass (architecture and geometry), a porte crayon and drawn sheet (drawing), an...
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Charles Le Brun

Portrait of M. Quatrehomme du Lys

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Although scholars know nothing about the sitter Monsieur Quatrehomme, they believe that his relaxed pose and casual dress indicate that he may have been a friend of the artist. Charles Le Brun built up the drawing slowly, first sketching the figure in red chalk, with pentimenti visible along the outside of the right arm. He worked the body mainly in black...
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Charles Le Brun

The Martyrdom of St. Andrew

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Arms thrown wide, Saint Andrew implores the heavens above while soldiers tie him to a cross in the shape of an X. His executioner, the Roman governor Egeas, watches from a classical porch above, and confusion reigns as soldiers try to push back the surging crowd. Charles Le Brun heightened the emotion of the figures by contrasting the stern, silent figure...
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Charles Le Brun

The Sacrifice of Polyxena

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As recounted by the Roman poet Ovid, Polyxena is led to her death at the sacrificial altar to appease the ghost of the hero Achilles. Her mother tries to restrain her while the soldier Neoptolemus raises his sword. The infant holding a chest of incense and the austere priest complete this composition.
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