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Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
1974.52.1

Framed: 121.9 x 136.5 cm (48 x 53 3/4 in.)

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Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

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 Repentant Magdalen, ca. 1635-40

Oil on canvas
44 1/2 × 36 1/2 in
113 × 92.7 cm
Permanent collection
Location
Washington

Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
1974.52.1

Framed: 121.9 x 136.5 cm (48 x 53 3/4 in.)

Medium
Image rights
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

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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