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  • Henry IV and his Suite Hunting

    Artist:
    Taunay, Nicolas-Antoine. 1755-1830
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    71,5x98 cm

Taunay, Nicolas-Antoine. 1755-1830

Henry IV and his Suite Hunting

France, Circa 1804

Taunay here represents one of the most popular Restoration legends of the life of Henry IV (1553-1610), which more than somewhat idealized the French king. Henry 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.

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Henry IV and his Suite Hunting

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oil

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71,5x98 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1930; transferred from the Yelagin Palace Museum

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ГЭ-5464

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