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Paintings

Paintings - 18th century

Jean-Baptiste DESHAYS, Briséis entraînée de la tente d'Achille, vers 1761, huile sur toile
© Jean-Baptiste DESHAYS, Briséis entraînée de la tente d'Achille, vers 1761, huile sur toile

The Musée des Augustins, is particularly rich in French art of the 18th century, from the end of the Baroque period to the beginnings of Neoclassicism.

 

Portraiture is well represented with several masterpieces by Nicolas de Largillière and Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Lebrun. The various landscape traditions of the 18th century are also represented, with the works by Oudry and Valenciennes. The museum also has a good set of historical paintings from the second half of the 18th century, from Jean-François de Troy to Pierre Peyron.
 


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The collections

18th century - Portraits

Court life and the development of a rich Parisian bourgeoisie explain the rise of the portrait at the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th century. Good portrait painters acquired riches more easily than historical painters.

18th century - Historical Painting

Historical painting was the main genre from the Renaissance until the triumph of Impressionism. The museum's ‘salon blanc' allows the visitor to follow its development through the second half of the 18th century.


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