Medium
Image rights
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Rogers Fund, 1960), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal

Though little is known of Georges de la Tour’s personal life, his fame was widespread because of his ability to paint atmospheric light and moving spiritual scenes. While his early works were painted in a Mannerist style, de la Tour would later fall heavily under the influence of Caravaggio and his use of chiaroscuro. At the peak of his career, he painted dramatically candlelit interior scenes; later on, de la Tour dramatically simplified his forms and subjects, preserving only essential details. This stylistic change gave his work a quality of abstraction unique for its time. De la Tour’s patrons and clients were usually from the wealthier classes and in 1639, he was appointed to the position of “Peintre du Roi,” or the painter of the king.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Cleveland Museum of Art
Exhibitions
2016
Beyond CaravaggioThe National Gallery, London
Georges de La Tour 1593 - 1652Museo Nacional del Prado

The Fortune-Teller, ca. 1630–1639

Oil on canvas
40 1/8 × 48 5/8 in
101.9 × 123.5 cm
Location
New York
Medium
Image rights
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Rogers Fund, 1960), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal

Though little is known of Georges de la Tour’s personal life, his fame was widespread because of his ability to paint atmospheric light and moving spiritual scenes. While his early works were painted in a Mannerist style, de la Tour would later fall heavily under the influence of Caravaggio and his use of chiaroscuro. At the peak of his career, he painted dramatically candlelit interior scenes; later on, de la Tour dramatically simplified his forms and subjects, preserving only essential details. This stylistic change gave his work a quality of abstraction unique for its time. De la Tour’s patrons and clients were usually from the wealthier classes and in 1639, he was appointed to the position of “Peintre du Roi,” or the painter of the king.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Cleveland Museum of Art
Exhibitions (2)
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