Portrait of Philippe Coypel and His Wife

A work made of pastel on blue laid paper, pieced, laid down on canvas, and stretched on a wood stretcher.
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  • A work made of pastel on blue laid paper, pieced, laid down on canvas, and stretched on a wood stretcher.

Date:

1742

Artist:

Charles-Antoine Coypel
French, 1694-1752

About this artwork

Charles-Antoine Coypel served as First Painter to the King and was also a professor at, and eventually Director of, the French Academy. Part of a powerful artistic dynasty, he was a significant collector, an aesthetic theorist, playwright, and poet, and an amateur actor. Although many of his most important paintings have been lost, this unusual double portrait pastel probably commemorates the tenth anniversary of the artist's beloved brother, Philippe Coypel ( 1703-1777) and his wife Marie-Catherine Botet. A true tour-de-force, this work shows one of France's most esteemed public artists at his very best.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 216

Artist

Charles-Antoine Coypel

Title

Portrait of Philippe Coypel and His Wife

Origin

France

Date

1742

Medium

Pastel on blue laid paper, pieced, laid down on canvas, and stretched on a wood stretcher

Inscriptions

Signed lower center, in image: "C Coypel 1742"

Dimensions

905 × 730 mm

Credit Line

Regenstein Endowment

Reference Number

2003.63

Extended information about this artwork

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