A landscape by Mauperché acquired by the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes

Henri Mauperché (c. 1602-1686)
People on the Steps of a Destroyed Palace, c. 1645
Oil on canvas - 128.5 x 113 cm
Rennes, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Photo : Didier Aaron & Cie

14/5/08 — Acquisition — Rennes, Musée des Beaux-Arts — In our review on the Maastricht art fair 2008, we had pointed out and reproduced the beautiful painting by Henri Mauperché presented there by the Didier Aaron Gallery. The director of the Musée de Rennes was also impressed by the work and wisely decided to purchase it. This canvas will thus complement advantageously the already extensive collection of French 17th century paintings held by the museum.

Although he lived to a ripe old age, that he was one of the first members of the newly founded Académie in 1648 and that he was a professor there starting in 1655, Mauperché’s career is not well known [1]. He participated, along with Pierre Patel I, Hermann Swanevelt and Jan Asselijn in the decorating of the Cabinet d’Amour at the Hôtel Lambert where he executed three paintings, one of which is preserved in the Louvre (Landscape with Bridge). He also worked in 1664 in the apartment of the Queen Mother (Anne of Austria) at Fontainebleau where he produced 14 landscapes, two of which correspond probably to canvases held in Sofia.

The painting acquired by the museum in Rennes, unpublished, had been previously ascribed to Pierre Patel I like many other works by Mauperché. The latter, unlike Patel, travelled to Italy. In the monographic study devoted to Patel published at Arthena, Nathalie Coural discusses the ties between the two painters in a long paragraph and points out how difficult it is to distinguish the two [2].

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Didier Rykner, mercredi 14 mai 2008


[1] The article by Bernard Biard, « Henri Mauperché paysagiste au long cours », L’Estampille-L’Objet d’Art, septembre 1997, p. 33-38, only lists eleven paintings by the artist.

[2] Nathalie Coural, Les Patel. Paysagistes du XVIIe siècle, Arthena, Paris, 2001, p. 83-90.

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