Charles Claude de Flahaut (1730–1809), Comte d'Angiviller

Jean-Baptiste Greuze French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 632

Greuze’s intelligence as a portraitist and colorist lends intimacy and liveliness to a formidable figure in the French artistic establishment, the comte d’Angiviller. In 1763, the year Greuze executed this painting and showed it at the Salon, Angiviller was in charge of the household of the eldest son of Louis XV, but he went on to become general director of the Batîments du Roi, roughly equivalent to a minister of culture who determined artistic careers. Greuze’s image makes a bravura performance of depicting the textures of formal winter dress, from the fur-lined silk coat with its elaborate frogged buttons to the vest embroidered with metallic thread.

Charles Claude de Flahaut (1730–1809), Comte d'Angiviller, Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, Tournus 1725–1805 Paris), Oil on canvas

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