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image of Portrait of a Young Man and His Tutor Nicolas de Largillierre (artist)
French, 1656 - 1746
Portrait of a Young Man and His Tutor, 1685
oil on canvas
overall: 146 x 114.8 cm (57 1/2 x 45 3/16 in.) framed: 147.3 x 115.9 cm (58 x 45 5/8 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
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From the Tour: 18th-Century France — Chardin and Portraiture
Object 6 of 11

The formality and clear outlines of Largillière's Young Man with His Tutor continue traditions of the baroque "grand manner." When that work was painted, late in the reign of Louis XIV, such depictions of boys with their teachers were popular for royal portraits. However, the identity, even the nationality, of this sitter remains unknown. The rich colors and textures and the precision of sensitive detail in the tutor's face reveal the influence of Flemish painting. Largillière spent his youth in Antwerp and London, where the great Flemish portraitist, Anthony van Dyck, had been court painter.

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