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French school of the beginning of the XVIIIth century
Jean-Baptiste MONNOYER (Entourage of)
Lille, 1636 - London, 1699
Oil on canvas mounted on panel
55 x 39 cm (67 x 53 cm with the frame)
This is an early canvas, perhaps after a work by Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer. It is of good quality and probably of the same period or a very close one, from the end of the 17th century or the beginning of the 18th century.
The painting represents a bouquet of tulips, carnations, poppies and Christmas roses. It is an artificial composition, a very symbolic work. The red and white tulip is the symbol of passionate and pure love. The poppy flower is the symbol of dream and rest. And the Christmas rose is both associated with Christmas and therefore with Love incarnate. But the latter is also associated with black magic, its botanical name is "black hellebore" and it contains poison that burns. Similarly, the poppy has been known since ancient times for its soporific, analgesic and narcotic effects. And the red carnation symbolizes pure and ardent love. Thus this painting has a double meaning. It symbolizes love and its contradictions between purity, calm, rest, danger and passion!
An entablature and a decorative element on the right (a piece of column?) make this still life very theatrical. And the octagonal shape of the painting makes the composition particularly decorative.
This painting of flowers has a style close to that of Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer who, with his pupil Jean-Baptiste Blain de Fontenay, created the decorations of the castles of Louis XIV in the last quarter of the 17th century under the direction of Charles Le Brun. The very faithful translation of botany recalls the Flemish training of these still life painters. The colors are at the same time realistic and very beautiful. The tormented composition with flowers that seem to fall under their own weight is also characteristic of Monnoyer's art. As well as the color palette restricted to reds, whites and pinks with a hint of blue in a rather cold overall tone.
|Style||Louis XIV style, Regency style (Still life paintings of Louis XIV style, Regency style Style)|
|Century||18th century (Still life paintings 18th century)|
|Country of origin||France|
|Width (cm)||39 cm (53 cm avec le cadre)|
|Height (cm)||55 cm (67 cm avec le cadre)|
|Materials||Oil on canvas|
|Shipping Time||Ready to ship in 15-30 Business Days|
|Location||75009, Paris, France|
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