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Noël Hallé (Paris 1711-1781)
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Noël Hallé (Paris 1711-1781)

The Holy Family, in a feigned oval

Details
Noël Hallé (Paris 1711-1781)
The Holy Family, in a feigned oval
oil on canvas
24 x 19½ in. (61 x 49.5 cm.)
Provenance
Acquired by René Küss in 1955 from a Paris dealer, as Fragonard.
Literature
N. Willk-Brocard, Une Dynastie Les Hallé, Paris, 1995, p. 386, no. 56, illustrated p. 123.
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Lot Essay

An autograph version of Hallé's Holy Family in the Hermitage (no. 5466), Willk-Brocard (loc.cit.) notes how this picture is 'très librement esquissée' and how it 'séduit par son coloris clair, par sa grâce, sa douceur, et l'attachement des parents qui ont les yeux rivés sur l'Enfant'. She goes on to point out that the youthful model used for the Virgin is certainly the artist's wife, Geneviève Lorry, whom he had married in 1751, when she was 18 years old, and dates the picture to circa 1753-5.

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