Nicolas-Antoine Taunay

Henri IV and his Suite Hunting

Henri IV and his Suite Hunting
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Author: Nicolas-Antoine Taunay
Genre Painting, Painting, Oil on canvas, 71.5x98 cm
Origin: France, Circa 1804

Taunay here represents one of the most popular Restoration legends of the life of Henri IV , which more than somewhat idealised the French king. Henri was described as kind and good, responsive to the needs of the ordinary people, interested in their problems and their welfare. In this painting we see the royal suite of courtiers out hunting frozen in horror as they see the king approaching, deep in conversation with a peasant whom he has allowed to get up behind him on the royal horse. The treatment of the landscape reveals a synthesis of the traditions of Dutch and Flemish art - in the curious details and captivating narrative - and the conventions of the classical landscape - the sketchy figures, the use of trees to form "wings" leading towards the centre, and the building up of depth through layers of horizontal planes.

Style: Neo-Classicism
Source of entry: Yelaghin Palace, Leningrad, 1930
Theme: History
Exibition: French Art: 19th - 20th centuries

See also

Nicolas-Antoine Taunay Online
Nicolas-Antoine Taunay [French Painter, 1755-1830] Guide to pictures of works by Nicolas-Antoine Taunay in art museum sites and image archives worldwide.
Nicolas-Antoine Taunay - Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre
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Nicolas-Antoine Taunay -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia
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