Lubin Baugin (vers 1610-1663)
From 8th June 2002 to 9th September 2002
The Lubin Baugin exhibition is devoted to a painter of fascinating works, who was rediscovered several decades ago. His still lifes, youthful works, are amongst the most beautiful and enigmatic of the genre in France, while his religious paintings are all softness and delicacy, and in his lifetime gained him an outstanding reputation.
Paradoxically, Lubin Baugin is very well-known as an artist, yet at the same time almost unknown. His few still lifes are very famous but only represent a minute portion of his work. He was above all a painter of religious pictures, both small (numerous devotional works) and large (particularly altarpieces for churches in Paris). They date from his return from Italy in 1640 until his death.
Although it is difficult to fit his work into any of the great European stylistic movements, it shows a rare balance and great poetry.
Lubin Baugin (born near Orléans ca 1610 - died in Paris in 1663) remains one of the last great French 17th Century painters yet to be studied in depth. Over fifty of the eighty known works by this painter have been collected together from public and private collections, and will enable a better appreciation of this artist's personality, at once subtle and astonishing.
Jacques Thuillier, an honorary professor at the Collège de France and a specialist in Baugin's work, was eager to provide the scientific credibility for the exhibition. The following Internet pages track the progression that unfolds in the exhibition's sumptuous catalogue. Although Lubin Baugin's chronology still contains numerous uncertainties and the majority of his works are not dated, Jacques Thuiller wanted a chronological catalogue, a carefully considered choice which he explains in the introduction: " [...] only this kind of classification would make it possible to grasp the artist's creation as it developed. Only this would enable the vindication of attributions, doubts and rejections. [...] I hope this classification is not rapidly refuted. The notes give our reasons for establishing some definite milestones and laying out a likely evolution, at least along broad lines".