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The painter Charles Le Brun (1619–1690) is being given pride of place at the Louvre-Lens. Like Delacroix for Romanticism and Monet for Impressionism, Le Brun stands out as the embodiment of an epoch: the age of Louis XIV. Son of a humble sculptor of tombstones, he was the King’s First Painter for almost thirty years; it is to him that we owe the decoration of the Hall of Mirrors in the Château de Versailles.

France’s most important artist in the second half of the 17th century, he was also the director of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture and of the Gobelins tapestry works.

The Louvre-Lens exhibition does ample justice to Le Brun’s multifaceted talent, which found expression not only in large-format works—tapestry, for example, and the scale cartoons for the Hall of Mirrors—but also in his more intimate sketches, with all their accuracy and feeling of touch. Here are to be found the full range of his gifts, the liveliness of his imagination, and his flair for organization.

Organized by:

Bénédicte Gady and Nicolas Milovanovic, Musée du Louvre.
This exhibition is organized with the support of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Musée Carnavalet.

Practical information

From May 18 to August 29, 2016

Musée du Louvre-Lens
Lens
France