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Louis XV

(After) Maurice Quentin de La Tour

Louis XV

Pastel on Paper

75-D-62

 

This work, while not created by Maurice-Quentin de La Tour himself, is attributed to a follower of La Tour’s and remains true to La Tour’s style. La Tour was a celebrated French pastellist in the 18th century, remarkable for never painting in oils and only in pastels. His style was a reaction against the stately portraiture of past generations and the mythological portraits of La Tour’s contemporaries. La Tour developed a more realistic, sober style of portraiture remarkable for the artist’s ability to suggest the temperament and psychology of his subjects through their facial expressions. La Tour achieved significant success with his portraits, earning him commissions from the French royal family, court, and rich bourgeoisie in addition to literary, artistic, and theatrical circles.

Current Condition of the Artwork:

The construction of the paper mounted to linen and wrapped around a strainer, as well as the frame, appear to be original. The tear at the center left makes this piece vulnerable. The broken and fragile frame is not suitable for exhibiting the artwork. 

Conservation Treatment Proposed:

  • Mend the tear at the center left.
  • Pastel should be stored lying flat in an acid free box when not on exhibit or it cannot be safely reframed once the frame has been repaired.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field. 

Estimated Cost of Treatment:   $500.00