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Jacques Antoine Vallin
Paysage anime' de personnages mythologique

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The beauty and charm of this painting are the result of the confluence of several artistic beliefs and traditions which dominated the Age of Enlightenment in the eighteenth century. These artistic forms, which fully matured at the beginning of the Romantic period (1780-1830) in France, are seen in the wonderful work of Vallin who flourished during this time of transition. Calm grandeur and noble simplicity best describe Vallin’s approach to composition and subject matter. While many artists of Vallin’s time had an interest in Greek and Roman antiquity, they didn’t seek merely to copy or revive historical or mythological scenes as an end in itself. Rather, their interest was more difficult; it was to find the ideal or true style which would create a great art for all peoples at all times. Mere portrait or landscape painting and certainly genre painting were considered interior forms of art. Allegory, history and mythology were the highest points of achievement or development. But landscape painting could be elevated, as it is here, by combining it with Greek and Roman myth. The idea of a golden age has pervaded the art and literature of the world all the way back to the beginnings of modern human culture. No matter how grim a given present existence might have been or how bleak the future might have seemed, there was always some conjectural past time when things were wonderful. This was the time when people truly were satisfied and no war or conflict unsettled that satisfaction.

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  • Artist
    Jacques Antoine Vallin (1760 - 1837, French)
  • Medium
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    Signed and dated "1823"
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 29 in. x W 37.25 in.H 73.66 cm x W 94.62 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    LU56711965993
  • More Editions & Sizes
    Framed size 36" x 43.75"Price: $50,000
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