A Painting and a Drawing by Jean Restout Donated to the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes


30/4/12 - Acquisitions - Rennes, Musée des Beaux-Arts - With part of their drawing collection now showing at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes (see article in French), Christian and Isabelle Adrien have donated a painting representing Christ in the Garden of Olives (ill. 1) and a drawing of a Head of Christ (ill. 2), both by Jean Restout, to this establishment.


1. Jean Restout (1692-1768)
Christ in the Garden of Olives
Oil on Canvas - 126 x 90 cm
Rennes, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Photo : Jean-Manuel Salingue -
Musée des beaux arts de Rennes_2011

2. Jean Restout (1692-1768)
Head of Christ
Black Chalk, White Chalk and Red Chalk - 44.8 x 34.5 cm
Rennes, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Photo : Jean-Manuel Salingue -
Musée des beaux arts de Rennes_2011


The likeness of Christ in the drawing executed in black and red chalk, heightened with white, is similar to the one found in the painting but reversed. According to Christine Gouzi, who wrote the entry for the first in the exhibition catalogue, a painting included in the auction catalogue for the collection of Jean-François Leroy de Senneville, in the late 18th century, is described as being a small canvas by Jean Restout with the same subject but a reversed composition, in fact, "executed in large format".
This is therefore probably a preparatory sheet, not so much for the Adrien painting or yet another version, with Christ also facing in the same direction, held in a private collection, but rather for an altar painting now lost and of which a study or replica once belonged to Leroy de Senneville.

Strangely enough, Rennes did not own any works by Jean Restout before this. Christ in the Garden of Olives will join a painting of the same subject by his master, Jean Jouvenet.

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Didier Rykner, mercredi 2 mai 2012



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