The Seventeenth Century French Paintings

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The National Gallery, London, possesses an outstanding collection of French seventeenth-century paintings, in part a reflection of the enthusiasm with which British collectors once acquired the works of Poussin and Claude. Many of the greatest works of these two French masters are in the Gallery; some, such as Claude’s Enchanted Castle and Poussin’s Triumph of Pan, were acquired since the publication of The French School by Martin Davies in 1957.

In this new catalogue, Humphrey Wine takes a fresh look at these masterpieces, together with the work of such artists as Laurent de La Hyre, Philippe de Champaigne, Valentin de Boulogne, and the Le Nain brothers. Important paintings, including Champaigne’s full-length Cardinal Richelieu, La Hyre’s Allegorical Figure of Grammar, and Eustache Le Sueur’s Alexander and his Doctor, are discussed in detail.

New research and information based on a reexamination of each picture are combined with full-page color illustrations, details, technical photographs, and comparative illustrations. This catalogue provides both an invaluable reference for studying seventeenth-century French painting and a closer look at some of the most beautiful paintings in the Gallery’s collection.

Humphrey Wine is curator of French seventeenth- and eighteenth-century paintings at the National Gallery. His previous publications include the catalogue of the National Gallery exhibition ClaudeThe Poetic Landscape and articles and reviews on other painters such as Boilly, Le Sueur, Peyron, Poussin, and Watteau.

The revised series of National Gallery Catalogues is now generously supported by The Arthur and Holly Magill Foundation This is a National Gallery Catalogue

"Wine is everywhere lucid, thorough, up-to-date, and judicious in assessing evidence. . . . This catalog will be an essential reference tool, and some of the more expansive entries might also serve as assigned readings in both graduate and undergraduate courses."—Choice

"Splendid. . . . Stunning and erudite. . . . Delightful. . . . A scholarly book from which much can be learnt, this is a lovely compilation, one to feast one’s eyes on, and to treasure."—Byron Ireland, Day By Day (London)

"An example to be followed by other museums."—Pierre Rosenberg, Burlington Magazine

Selected by Choice as a 2003 Outstanding Academic Title
ISBN: 9780300087291
Publication Date: March 11, 2002
Publishing Partner: Published by National Gallery Company Distributed by Yale University Press
472 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4
252 b/w + 110 color illus.
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