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Portrait of a Man
Jean-Baptiste Greuze

This portrait, dated 1763, may be identical with one of a Comte de Lupé exhibited at the Salon in that year.

Greuze was also paid in 1763 for a bust-length portrait of a Monsieur Bacherach, a merchant of St Petersburg.

The design is focused on the head, with the bulk of the chest forming a substantial pyramid below. The costume suggests wealth, the gold edging, the folds of the jacket and the lace cravat forming a lively and colourful pattern that underscores the austerity of the head. Grander and more flamboyant sitters are represented in Greuze's work with the same dispassion.

The distinction of Greuze's portraits was well appreciated in his lifetime, Diderot going so far as to compare him with Rubens and Rembrandt.

Key facts
Artist Jean-Baptiste Greuze
Artist dates 1725 - 1805
Full title Portrait of a Man
Date made 1763
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 64.7 x 54.8 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bought, 1985
Inventory number NG6500
Location in Gallery Room 33
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