Francois Gerard

Portrait of Prince Viktor Kochubey

Portrait of Prince Viktor Kochubey
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Author: Francois Gerard
Portraiture, Painting, Oil on canvas, 66x55.5 cm
Origin: France, 1809

Prince Viktor Pavlovich Kochubey was a Russian famous diplomat and man of state, who occupied the posts of Minister of Internal Affairs and Chairman of the State Council, being namd Russian State Chancellor not long before his death.

In this, one of Gerard's finest works, the artist demonstrated not only his skilfull painterly manner, but also his talent for depicting both the physical characteristics of faces and the psychology of the sitter, creating a true likeness enlivened by a feeling for the subject's inner world. Gerard was able to bring out the character of Kochubey the man: his sharp heroic mind, his perceptiveness, the sense of his own importance, his restraint and caution.

Style: Neo-Classicism
Source of entry: Stroganov Palace Museum, Petrograd, 1923
Exibition: French Art: 19th - 20th centuries

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