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$ 49,000

Pair of Gouaches featuring Architectural Fantasies

Documentation Ample Provenance
Period 18th Century
W. 17.75 in; H. 12.5 in;
W. 45.09 cm; H. 31.75 cm;
Description The Arc of Titus at the Coliseum
Ruins and Sculpture at the Colonnade

Born in Dijon and the son of a tailor, Jean-Baptiste Lallemand traveled in 1744 to Paris, where, a year after his arrival, he became a member of the Académie de Saint-Luc as a landscape painter. Soon thereafter, he went to Rome to continue his studies, arriving in February of 1747, probably accompanied by the painter Jean Barbault. Inspired by the limitless artistic possibilities of depicting the ruins of Rome’s imperial past, Lallemand was prolific during his Italian sojourn, producing paintings in oil and gouache. During this period, he received a number of commissions by the Roman hierarchy, including commissions from Pope Clement XIII (Carlo Rezzonico) and Cardinal Neri Corsini.
In 1762, Lallemand returned to Paris, after a brief stay in Lyon, and regularly exhibited his Italian vedute and capricci at the Academy and at several non-academic venues. He probably journeyed to London around 1769, when the influences of English artists begin to appear in his work and where, in 1773, he exhibited at least one of his works at the London Society of Artists. Lallemand’s most ambitious project was the commission of ninety-nine landscapes of the French countryside that he completed for the fifth volume of Laborde’s Description générale et particulière ou Voyage pittoresque de la France, published in 1781.
This pair of gouaches, which depict figures in classical dress amid the ancient ruins, are typical of Lallemand’s work in Rome during the 1750s, stylistically comparable, for example, to a gouache in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montreal (see G. Brunel, ed., Piranèse et Les Français, Rome, 1978, pp. 342, fig. 6). Although he more commonly peoples his architectural views with contemporarily dressed figures, the inclusion of ancient dress is not unknown in the artist’s opus. Strong compositional affinities with the Roman work of Panini and Robert are evident in these gouaches, which were the type of gouache capriccio, worked with a quick and sure hand that won Lallemand special praise from Pierre-Jean Mariette in his Abecedario.
Styles / Movements Other
Incollect Reference Number 307260
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