Paintings - 18th century


VIEN, Joseph Marie

Love Fleeing Slavery

Love Fleeing Slavery
Date : 1789
Designation : tableau
Field : Peinture
Material : Toile
Technique : Peinture à l'huile
Dimensions (cm) : Largeur : 160 Hauteur : 130
Location : On loan
Inventory number : 2004 1 141

Joseph Vien is the creator of the Greek Revival genre in painting in France. The most emblematic work in this field is The Merchant of Love in Fontainebleau, painted in 1763 for Madame du Barry. It depicted a young woman showing another a cage containing specimens of small cupids. In 1788, the Duke of Brisac commissioned from Vien for the same lady collector a second work to match this first piece (a ‘pendant’). This time the cage was open and love could fly away. Despite the somewhat ridiculous nature of the subject, Vien shows here all of his mastery of slender feminine silhouettes and archeological reconstitutions.

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