• Portrait of G.L.L. Buffon

    Artist:
    Mullard, François-Henri. 1769-1850
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    63х53 cm

Mullard, François-Henri. 1769-1850

Portrait of G.L.L. Buffon

France,

Title:

Portrait of G.L.L. Buffon

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

63х53 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1939; handed over from the Leningrad State Museum of Revolution (currently the State Museum of the Political History of Russia)

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-8377

Comment:

Georges-Louis Leclerc Buffon (1707–1788) was a French naturalist, biologist, scientist and writer of the Age of Enlightenment, the author of a 44-volume Histoire Naturelle. This portrait of him by François Henri Mulard, a pupil of David, derives from a 1755 work by François-Hubert Drouais now in the Musée Buffon, Montbard. Among the Hermitage paintings depicting French Enlighteners, Mulard’s Portrait of Buffon has the brightest colour scheme, echoing that of Drouais’s original. Despite being a copy, Mulard’s work reveals interesting aspects of the late 18th-century Age of Enlightenment in Europe. Buffon’s Histoire Naturelle attracted the attention of 19th- and 20th-century artists, notably Pablo Picasso. He illustrated Buffon’s writings, producing 31 realistic depictions of animals in the etching and aquatint technique between 1937 and 1942, to a commission from the collector and book-publisher Ambroise Vollard.

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