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Dirck Van Delen - A scene of gallantry in a palace
David Teniers the Younger - Smokers
Jan Steen - The Little Alms Collector
 Claude Gellée, known as Claude Lorrain - Landscape with the Port of Santa Marinella
Petrus Paulus Rubens - The Abduction of Proserpina
Adriaen Van Ostade - The Analysis
Jacob Jordaens - Diana Resting
 Rembrandt - Self-portrait in Oriental Attire
Meindert Hobbema - The Water Mills
Nicolas de Largillierre - Red-legged partridge in a niche
Henri Mauperché - Composite Landscape
Frans Van Mieris, known as Mieris the Elder - The interrupted song
Nicolas Poussin - The Massacre of the Innocents
Abraham de Vries - Portrait of a man

Red-legged partridge in a niche

Nicolas de
Paris, 1656 - Paris, 1746
Circa 1680-1685
Oil on canvas
71,5 x 58,5 cm

To accept that Nicolas de Largillierre was the greatest portraitist of his era is often to overlook the fact that he worked successfully in all genres and painted many still lives in particular.

Here he draws on 17th century Flemish and Dutch painting which was a major source of inspiration, borrowing the motifs of the niche acting as frame for a still life and that of a red-legged partridge hanging by one foot.

However, he stood apart very clearly from his models. For him, light does not merely serve to emphasise different textures - the softness of feathers, the hardness of the beak, the velvety transparency of the grape, the juicy flesh of a pomegranate, the downy appearance of a peach - even if he does this consummately well. Attentive to reflections, coloured shadows and the harmony of similar things, he uses light to unify all these disparate elements.

Inventory number: 
Inventory number : PPP00833
Acquisition details : Gift of Georges Sortais, 1928
Room 29
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