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JACQUES SELIGMANN & CO., INC. 5 EAST 57th STREET NEW YORK 22, NY. PAINTINGS CABLE ADDRESS GLAENSTARK WORKS OF ART TELEPHONE PLAZA-3-0250 Dr. Nathaniel Soifer March 31, 1961 3900 Sieber Avenue Dayton Ohio VOUET, Simon (1590-1649) "THE HALBERDIER" oil on canvas c. 1620 41 x 32-3/8th The figure of a halberdier is seen in a three-quarters view, his head turned over his left shoulder, his eyes thus looking directly outwards. Heightening the dramatic effect of the composition are his left hand on his hip, his elbow piercing the foreground, his raised right hand holding a lance. The daring posture and foreshortening is no doubt due to the influence of Caravaggio, for this painting dates from about 1620 when the artist was still in Rome. If the composition, the use of color, the highly contrasted light and shaded areas reflect an Italian ambient, these elements have been assimilated and transposed by Vouet who was to be one of the leading French artists of the century. It is also of considerable interest to note the resemblance between this "Halberdier" with the "Gaucher de Chatillon" (now in the Louvre) painted at the request of Cardinal Richelieu for the "Galerie des Hommes Illustres" of the Palais Cardinal, in which Vouet obviously recalled the dramatic position of the "Halberdier". Collections: Dal Pozzo, ??? Rome Benedict Nicolson, London Exhibitions: "Artist in 17th Century Rome", Wildenstein, London, 1955 #82 and page XV
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