Portrait of a man, bust-length, in a white cravat and armour oil on canvas 56 x 46cm (22 1/16 x 18 1/8in). unframed
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Grimou's significance for the development of 18th century French art is only now beginning to be appreciated. Influenced by 17th century Dutch masters, most notably Rembrandt, by introducing into France northern formulae, such half-length portraits as the present work inspired the later works of artists including Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Charles Eisen, Joseph Duvreux and Jean-Baptiste Greuze. In particular, he anticipated the sketches of fantasy portraits produced by Fragonard, who, moreover, made pastiches of Grimou's work (for example, his Portrait of a Girl, now in Dulwich Picture Gallery).