Princess Elizabeth of Austria by Francois Clouet

Princess Elizabeth of Austria by Francois Clouet

French painter and Renaissance timetable François Clouet studied with his father J. Clouet and inherited the post of painter of the king from him. He performed various art works at the Court, decorated all sorts of festivities, removed posthumous masks from Francis I, Henry II, painted pictures.

Most of all, the artist became famous as a portraitist. In his works he aspired to an individual, objective characterization of the model. His works are distinguished by the thoroughness of the letter, interest in the transfer of the smallest details of the costume. The graphic portrait of Elizabeth of Austria, performed

in connection with the work on her picturesque portrait, has an independent artistic significance.

Klue was a brilliant master of a pencil portrait. Here he felt freer than in the grand scenic works. His light graceful lines and strokes brought to us the face of a seventeen-year-old girl, full of strict pride. “Pencils”, as painted portraits were called in the 16th century, were collectively considered in the Renaissance, and represented a sign of the times.

Klue created a lot of “pencils”, possessing that natural immediacy of images, which is sometimes called magical attraction. Other famous works: “Portrait of Diane de Poitiers”. OK. 1571. National Gallery, Washington; “Portrait of Princess Elizabeth.” OK. 1571. The Louvre, Paris.

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