Sebastien Bourdon (1616-1671) - Feed the hungry

Sebastien Bourdon (1616-1671) - Feed the hungry
Etching - Plate signed - 1660

Sebastien Bourdon ( 1616-1671)

"Feed the hungry: "Abraham, standing on the left, welcomes the angels while his servants are preparing and serving the food " c.1660/70
Plate 1 from a series of seven representing the acts of mercy; the whole series is dedicated to Jean Baptiste Colbert, French statesman active from c.1660, which, given that Bourdon died in 1671, places the set c.1660/70.

Original etching on laid paper
Many tears in the margins and at the edge of the subject ... some stains and dusting ... average state of conservation

Size of plate : 43.5 cm x 58.5 cm

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He has been fighting misery for a long time. Briefly a soldier at 18, his bohemian adolescence takes him from town to town.

After 1634, he was in Rome where he studied the works of Claude Lorrain, Caravaggio, Pieter van Laer. His precocity quickly made him famous: at 20, he produced masterpieces of rare sensitivity.

Threatened by the Inquisition as a Calvinist, he must return to Paris in 1637. He painted the Martyrdom of St. Peter, a painting that placed him in the highest rank among his contemporaries. Excellent in all genres, he makes bambochades or battle scenes, to the taste of a Parisian clientele seduced by a rich palette of colors.

The young Protestant painter with a fiery temperament gradually settles down; he receives important orders. In 1648 he became one of the twelve founding members of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, and dreamed of setting up a sister academy in Montpellier.

In 1652 he was in Stockholm, invited by Queen Christine of Sweden, who named him his first painter. In 1657, during a final stay in his hometown, Bourdon painted The Fall of Simon the Magician for St. Peter’s Cathedral, where this large painting is still visible.

He is the maternal uncle of James Parmentier.

Sébastien Bourdon died on May 8, 1671 and was buried on May 10 in the cemetery of the Faubourg Saint-Germain

Lot details
Sebastien Bourdon (1616-1671)
Title of artwork
Feed the hungry
Plate signed
Overall in fair condition with traces of ageing and usage
Sold with frame
Image size
43.5×58.5 cm
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