Portrait of a man in red In the official court painting, the first place belonged to the front portrait. It was in this genre that the search for two centuries met, unexpectedly and temporarily reconciled and reflecting the brilliant face of the French monarchy, its sophisticated court lifestyle.
The ideal of noble restraint of feeling and a sharp mind is inherent in the portraits of brilliant courtiers and refined philosophers. Heavy powdered wigs, dull reflections of velvet, falling dramatic folds, create a semblance of a lush decorative frame for models. The artistic principles of classicism in these portraits are inseparable from the court pomp of baroque art.
The “portrait of a man in red” by a French master of the beginning of the 18th century is distinguished by the temperament and refinement of the color correlations of scarlet and silver-white colors, the artistry of a free brush stroke.
The pathetic solemnity of the image, the aristocratic imposing attitude of the posture does not obscure the true dignity, scale of the character of the person who could be equally a scholar, poet or philosopher from the court of Louis XIV.