Everhard Jabach (1618–1695) and His Family

Artist: Charles Le Brun (French, Paris 1619–1690 Paris)

Date: ca. 1660

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 110 1/4 × 129 1/8 in. (280 × 328 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Purchase, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, in honor of Keith Christiansen, 2014

Accession Number: 2014.250

Description

This painting combines the domestic intimacy and descriptive richness of Dutch and Flemish art, which Jabach collected and admired, with the measured formal organization and allegorical allusions characteristic of French portraiture. Everhard Jabach (1618–1695), dressed in black, is seated in the company of his wife, Anna Maria de Groote (died 1701), and their four children (from left to right): Everhard the Younger (1656–1721), Hélène (1654–1701), Heinrich (1658–1703), and Anna Maria (1649–1706). Although Le Brun presents an arresting portrayal of each sitter, much of the composition is given over to Jabach and the emblems of his cultural interests and, through the artist’s reflection in the mirror, his association with France’s leading painter. To judge from the ages of the children, Le Brun’s canvas must have been executed around 1660, which also coincides with the construction of his grand new Parisian house, for which this painting was commissioned.

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