Nicolas Lancret


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Lancret, Nicolas

 

Born Jan. 22, 1690, in Paris; died there Sept. 14, 1743. French rococo painter.

Lancret was strongly influenced by A. Watteau. In 1719 he was received into the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture as a master of fêtes galantes. Lancret also painted landscapes, theater and genre scenes, and portraits. His works include The Dancer Camargot (c. 1730, Hermitage, Leningrad), Concert in the Park (Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow), and The Music Lesson (Louvre, Paris). Lancret’s paintings are noted for a refined, somewhat pale palette, a decorative, soft painterly manner, and an occasionally superficial treatment of the subject matter (particularly apparent when compared with the works of A. Watteau).

REFERENCE

Wildenstein, G. Lancret: Biographie et catalogue critique. Paris, 1924.
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Derek Johns, for instance, sold an early oil on panel fete galante, Charmes de la conversation, by Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743), to a French collector (asking price 125,000[euro]) and Galerie Jacques Leegenhoek found a buyer for a baroque oil by Nicolas Tournier (1590-1639), entitled Trio de musiciens.
Featuring 56 drawings produced over a 400-year period, the exhibition includes works by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805), Francois Boucher (1703-1770) and Nicolas Lancret (1690-1743), among others, with the 19th century represented by choice sheets from artists such as Francois-Marius Granet (1775-1849), Theodore Rousseau (1812-1867), Jean-Louis Forain (1852-1931), Theophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923), and others whose work reflects shifts in the approach to drawing in the modern era.
Less translunary and less profound are the Pastoral Scene of Boucher, who revered Watteau, and The Swing by Nicolas Lancret, who was Watteau's pupil.
This sometimes took outlandish form, as when the Duc d'Antin (who was then in charge of all royal patronage) commissioned Warteau's follower Nicolas Lancret to depict Louis XV's Polish-born bride and her entourage bogged down in the mud on the way to her wedding in 1725: The painter was instructed just how to represent the various humiliations of the ladies-in-waiting and to "include the most grotesque and messy details he can.
Jointly organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Musee Picardie, Amiens, the exhibition comprises 76 paintings--many quite magnificent--including the works of familiar masters such as Francois Boucher, Jean-Simeon Chardin, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Nicolas Lancret, and Hubert Robert.
It was Christie's, however, who fielded the stronger sale and established a battery of new auction records, which ranged from works by Agnolo Gaddi in the fourteenth century to Nicolas Lancret and Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld in the eighteenth.
1) Mary Taverner Holmes, Nicolas Lancret 1690-1743, exh.