Atelier de Pierre PUGET (1620-1694)

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Atelier de Pierre PUGET (1620-1694)
Profile portrait of King Louis XIV White marble medallion. (Two chips at the bottom). Diam. 65 cm Related works: -Pierre Puget, Louis XIV, circa 1688, marble medallion, 65 cm, Marseille, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Inv. S.1; - Pierre Puget, Louis XIV, marble medallion, 65 cm, Versailles, Musée Lambinet; - Atelier de Pierre Puget, Louis XIV, marble medallion, diam 66 cm, Aix-en-Provence, Musée Granet, inv.701. Related literature: - Léon Lagrange, Pierre Puget, painter, sculptor, architect, ship decorator, Paris, 1868, p.377-378; - François Souchal, French Sculptors of the 17th and the 18th centuries, The Reign of Louis XIV, Cassirer, Oxford, 1987, p.205, n°36; - Marie-Paule Vial, Pierre Puget, painter, sculptor, architect, RMN, cat. Exp. Centre de la Vieille Charité, Musée des Beaux-arts, October 28, 1994-January 30, 1995, cat. 43, pp. 134-135. Since antiquity, the royal portrait has been at the crossroads of political propaganda and artistic gesture. The exercise brings several issues into competition. If the prestigious commission for the painter or sculptor asserts his fame, the imposed codes force him to erase his hand and his personality as an artist behind the political project. The portraitist must play between the indispensable realism linked to the objective of spreading the image of the monarch and the necessary staging of the Heroic Gesture of Power. The important marble medallion that we are presenting thus proposes an image resembling Louis XIV, without any concession as to the weight of the years, but with his head held high, his gaze fixed in the distance towards the future, in military armour, voluntary, serene and courageous. Pierre Puget, an artist of protean genius and torchbearer for the southern sculptors of Louis XIV's reign, met the Sun King during a trip to Paris in 1688. The discreet naturalism of our portrait, with its slightly heavier features, invites us to think that this medallion is posterior to the Sun King.
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