Large Antique 18thC French PIERRE PATEL Chateau Ruin Landscape O/B Oil Painting. Today we are happy to offer for sale a beautiful antique French 18th century oil painting from the school of Pierre-Antoine Patel. A bit of info on the artist. The young artist's education took place in the family studio where he gave a hand, observed, and then became an assistant to his father to the point of participating in the actual painting of pictures.
The year following Pierre's death, Pierre-Antoine who was twenty-nine years old was received as a master painter in the Academy of Saint Luke which had grown out of the former Parisian guild of painters and sculptors. As opposed to his father who frequented Vouet and Romanelli, he does not seem to have made any friends or associated with the famous artists who could have had a decisive influence on his art or career. Nonetheless, in a notarial act dated 1680, he bears the title "master painter and ordinary painter to the King, " which seems to indicate that he worked for the king. Patel's most famous production is the series of Twelve Months of the Year dated 1699 and today scattered among public and private collections.
Whether of reduced format or, on the contrary, very large scale, his other paintings include simple pendants and less ambitious series whose themes embrace The Seasons, The Elements, and Moments during the Day. All of his works were intended for a loyal, enlightened essentially Parisian clientele who retained a lively souvenir of Patel the Elder's limpid art and delighted in Patel the Younger's poetic compositions. For although he developed a similar genre of Mediterranean landscape garnished with imposing antique ruins and enlivened by a few rare figures, his style was quite distinct from his father's. His Style Pierre-Antoine loved the air and sky, and so avoided extending his foliage and architecture all the way to the upper edge of the picture.
In his work, the background separates into successive planes framed by twisted tree trunks. The foreground gains depth and becomes filled with sharp rocks and wild vegetation. The rhythms of the entire composition are choppy, whirling, and polyphonic, but details, especially in terms of architectural elements, retreat and blend into light and shadow whose effects resonate in brownish harmonies. Patel the Younger plays with lighting in order to accentuate the unreal, fanciful, and sometimes strange aspects of his compositions.
He uses it to define perspective, while guiding the viewer's gaze among various gestures of the figures or midst crumbling walls of ancient temples and through bluish mountains on the horizon. Bibliography of the Work Natalie COURAL, Les Patel, paysagistes du XVIIe siècle, Paris, 2001, p. Allen Memorial Art Museum, Ohio, 2005. The large wood panel painting was once part of the overdoor.
Of a late Louis XIV provincial chateau grand salon's. The piece was expertly painted. Pierre Antoine Patel and features his characteristic dreamy fantasy-like style (a precursor to Francois Boucher and Jean-Baptiste Pillement).
The painting, obviously done by a highly talented and skilled student or follower of Patel is masterfully executed, inspired by Patel's traditional style and technique. The large and imposing painting captures Patel's later mature style. It depicts a ruinous landscape featuring an imposing baroque edifice/aqueduct and entrance to an once imposing chateau. The ruins are perched up on a hilly mountain side with a beautiful view of a rocky river valley.The view of the valley is framed by towering old trees. A small stone cottage, built at the foot of the ruins, is lived in by a farmer and shepherdess and her flock. In the foreground another farmer can be observed with his two horses. Shepherds and travelers seemingly indifferent to the glories of the past inhabit this monumental riparian setting which was created and destroyed by man. The setting sun illuminates the scene from the right, creating a complex play of chiaroscuro which prevails over the massiveness of the building ruins.
Tufted foliage and vegetation which has invaded the ruins are bejeweled with golden reflections or silhouetted against the sky across vaporous clouds floating high overhead. The composition is ethereal and penetrated by a warm, theatrical, enchanting light which inspires dreams and was so dear to the artist. The painting is framed in an elegant, museum-quality streamlined giltwood frame, and is ready to be hung, admired, and enjoyed! Painting presents beautifully and is in very good antique condition, with wear and patina commensurate with age. The painting's surface is bright and clean.
There are a few small areas of repair, inpainting, and restoration as expected of a fragile move-able architectural piece of this sort. Frame is in very good condition, with minimal display wear and scuffing and minimal loss to gilding. This stunning and wonderful and one-of-a-kind painting that will add. Elegance and grandeur to any interior.
Dimensions of framed artwork: 43" in height, 62-1/2" in length, 1-3/4" in depth Dimensions of artwork: 60-3/4" in length, 41-1/4 in height. This item is available for local pick-up in Pawtucket, RI. Item(s) will be professionally packed to prevent damage in transit.
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