After Louis-Auguste Brun, called Brun de Versoix
M. Paul-Benjamin de Lessert on Horseback
Oil on canvas
29 1/4 x 37 inches (44.4 x 94 cm)
Said to have belonged to René de Lessert, Chateau de Vincy, Rolle (Vaud, Switzerland)
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Audibert, New York
Mr. and Mrs. John Howell, Greenwich, CT
[Sale] William Doyle Galleries, Inc., New York, January 11, 1978, lot 285
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Daisy Agassiz, Louis Auguste Brun, 1758-1815: un peintre suisse à la Cour de Louis XVI (Lausanne Editions, R. Freudweiler-Spiro, Vaudois, 1931), illus. between pp. 6 and 7 (the original paintings)
Joseph Raymond Fournier-Sarlovèze, Louis Auguste Brun: peintre de Marie-Antoinette (Paris, 1911), pp. 85-88 (discussion of the original paintings)
By Robin de Montigny of the original painting, ca. 1785
Born in the village of Rolle in the Swiss canton of Vaud, Louis Auguste Brun (1758-1815) is best known today for the landscapes and portraits that he painted at the French court during the 1780s. The two portraits offered here are later copies after the original paintings executed in 1780 while the artist was still living in his native Vaud. Depicting an upper-class couple of that region who were his patrons, they were the artist's earliest known equestrian portraits, which became the pattern for a number of similar images of the Royal Family and higher nobility of France, including two magnificent equestrian portraits of Marie-Antoinette, one of which is still at Versailles.
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