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Portrait of the Marquis d'Havrincourt

Portrait of the Marquis d'Havrincourt, c. 1713

Nicolas de Largillière
French, 1656-1746
Oil on canvas
overall: 32 x 25 1/2 in. (81.28 x 64.77 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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Largillière received his early training in Antwerp and London and went on to become one of the most successful portrait painters in the second half of Louis XIV's reign. Inspired by Flemish painting in his use of color, Largillière created rich and luxurious surfaces in which the physical presence of the sitter and the sensuous beauty of the visible world are clearly described. The luminous, sensual depiction of the Marquis' velvet wrap exemplifies this aesthetic.

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