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WALLERANT VAILLANT (LILLE 1623-1677 AMSTERDAM)
WALLERANT VAILLANT (LILLE 1623-1677 AMSTERDAM)

Portrait of a middle-aged man in armour

Details
WALLERANT VAILLANT (LILLE 1623-1677 AMSTERDAM)
Portrait of a middle-aged man in armour
signed and dated ‘Vaillant f./ 1649’ (upper left)
black chalk, white and grey pastel (?), on blue paper
16 ¼ x 14 ¼ in. (41.3 x 36.3 cm)
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, London, 4 July 1978, lot 107.
Anonymous sale; Tajan, Paris, 22 November 2017, lot 19.

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Vaillant, who was also active as a painter and printmaker, especially in mezzotint, produced a large number of monochrome portraits such as the present example, in which he subtly modulates the grey tones thanks to the combined use of black chalk and pastel. Similar to the man depicted here is the Maréchal de France Antoine III de Gramont (1604-1678), who became a patron of the artist in 1659 and whose likeness is known from several prints after Vaillant.

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