Charles-André, called Carle van Loo (Nice 1705-1765 Paris) Fortitude

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Lot 43* TP
Charles-André, called Carle van Loo
(Nice 1705-1765 Paris)
Fortitude

Sold for £ 16,250 (US$ 20,256) inc. premium
Charles-André, called Carle van Loo (Nice 1705-1765 Paris)
Fortitude
oil on canvas
159.3 x 127.8cm (62 11/16 x 50 5/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Possibly Carle Vanloo (listed in his posthumous inventory, dated 5 August 1765, no. 91, priced 36 livres)
    Possibly his sale, Paris, Basan, 12 September 1765, lot 3, for 632 livres
    Possibly The Collection of Augustin Blondel de Gagny, Paris, his sale, Paris, Remy, 10-24 December 1776, lot 239, for 1200 livres to Colignon (circa 168 x 141 cm.)

    Exhibited
    Possibly Paris, Salon, 1742, no. 17

    Literature
    Possibly Abbé P.-F. Guyot Desfontaines, 'Expositions des Tableaux de l'Académie de peintures et de Sculptures', in Observations sur les écrits modernes. vol. xxix, 29 August 1742, letter ccccxxxv, p. 354 (ms. in the Bibliothèque Nationale Impr., Z56955)
    Possibly 'Catalogue abregé des ouvrages .. exposés dans le Salon du Louvre, le 25 Août dernier ...', in Mercure de France, 1742, p. 2056, no. 2
    Possibly, A. Dezallier d'Argenville, Voyage pittoresque de Paris; ou indication de tout ce qu'il y a de plus beau dans cette grande ville en peinture, sculpture & architecture, 5th ed., Paris, 1770, p. 131 (where the painting is described as in Blondel de Gagny's collection)
    Possibly l. Reau, 'Carle Vanloo (1705-1765)', in Archives de l'art Français, vol. xix, 1935-37, pp. 39 and 77, no. 14 (under lost paintings)

    Two other unsigned versions of the present composition by Vanloo are known: an unsigned version in the Musée Cheret, Nice (see M.-C. Sahut, Carle Vanloo: Premier Peintre du Roi, 1977, p. 56, cat. no. 87); and Sale, Sotheby's London, 16 December, 1999, lot 191. Both paintings have been tentatively linked with the painting listed in the artist's possession at the time of his death, and later in the collection of the eminent statesman Blondel de Gagny, although the measurements of none of the versions correspond precisely with those given in the catalogue of the 1776 De Gagny sale. Cleaning of the Sotheby's version revealed pentimenti on the left shoulder, on the right leg, and on the leash, as if the artist altered the position of the lion. Interestingly from that perspective, the present composition extends further to the right to allow the lion to be positioned further to the right and includes a tree above the lion's head.
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