"Reading the Bible" by Jean-Baptiste Greuze
One of the most talented representatives of 18th-century art, Jean-Baptiste Greuze marked his debut on the Paris art scene with this painting.
Praised by the critics, this painting made a name for itself at the Salon du Louvre in 1755, but remained inaccessible for over a century.
Filled with an emotional intensity, Reading the Bible contains the seeds of what would earn Greuze fame and forge his unique style: using the expression of passion for the most mundane genre scene. Greuze gives a solemn and empathetic portrayal of a modest, patriarchal and pious society with the fluid and sensitive execution found in his finest works.
The exceptional condition of the paint that can be seen beneath the layers of oxidized varnish and uneven surface is further reason to ensure the artwork stays in France.
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Jean-Baptiste Greuze, La lecture de la Bible
© Musée du Louvre / P. Fuzeau
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