ALEXANDRE MONTALLIER (ACTIF EN FRANCE AU XVIIE SIÈCLE)

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ALEXANDRE MONTALLIER (ACTIF EN FRANCE AU XVIIE SIÈCLE)

Couple of peasants near a farm
Oil on canvas
36,5 x 28,3 cm

Provenance
- sale at Versailles, 27 February 1970, n° 15, repr. as School of The Dwarf.
- sale in New-York, Christie's, 31 May 1989, n° 67, repr.
- Paris, Galerie Marcus, 1998

Bibliography
- G. Isarlo, "Les trois Le Nain et leur suite", La Renaissance, March 1938, n° 1, p. 43 repr. fig 112.
- P. Rosenberg, Tout l'oeuvre peint, Les Le Nain, Paris, 1994, MO. 3, repr.

Only about ten paintings attributed to Montallier, an artist in the entourage of the Le Nain brothers and whose fame suffered from confusion with the work of the latter, as with that of Sébastien Bourdon, are known. The comparison of our painting with the style of the only work signed by the artist, The Works of Mercy (c.1680) kept in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, allows us to recognize the two figures, similar to the couple of beggars in the Russian museum's work. Alexandre Montallier, 'ordinary painter of the king's buildings', in Paris around 1640, specialised in the representation of common people, beggars and beggars, seen with as much realism as empathy, in the middle of the
Thirty Years' War.
Montallier's unvarnished depiction of the miserable life of the countryside brings Montallier's painting closer to the bambochade genre, in vogue in Rome in the
1630s, which depicts popular urban and rural life, its places and characters, in their simple truth.
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