Acquisition of a work by Michel Dorigny by Strasbourg

8/9/08 — Acquisition — Strasbourg, Musée des Beaux-Arts — This museum recently enriched its collection with a painting by Michel Dorigny (ill. 1) purchased from the Cabinet Blondeau-Bréton in Paris.

1. Michel Dorigny (1617-1665)
Putti Drawing
Water out of a Well

Oil on panel - 59.5 x 47.5 cm
Strasbourg, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Photo : Cabinet Blondeau-Bréton

2. Michel Dorigny (1617-1665)
Photo : All rights reserved

The works of Dorigny, a student and son-in-law of Simon Vouet, have for a long time been confused with those of his father-in-law. Recent studies on Vouet and his school have brought new light on Dorigny thus allowing specialists to attribute several painted décors to him (Hôtel de Lauzun on the Ile Saint-Louis and the one from the Château de Colombes reconstructed in the city hall of Port Marly), as well as easel paintings. The panel acquired by Strasbourg has not been published but its attribution is acknowledged. There is a connection notably to an engraving by Dorigny himself after one of his drawings or paintings representing a Bacchanalia (ill. 2). The putti figures are very similar, both in their attitudes as well as their facial features, with large almond-shaped eyes and turned-up noses. The compositions are also quite comparable.

The painting will soon be published in by Dominique Jacquot, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg.

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Didier Rykner, lundi 8 septembre 2008

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