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Portrait of a Man gm-11373601

Portrait of a Man gm-11373601

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Joseph Vivien (French, 1657–1734) This distinguished gentleman does not address the viewer, but gazes out fixedly at a point beyond the frame. The slight turn of head, the pursed lips, and the left hand at his jacket convey a sense of ease, comfort, and confidence. The sitter's dress reinforces his assuredness. The cascading curls of his abundant powdered wig fall below his shoulders. The wig's downward flow is echoed in the turquoise ribbon punctuating his white shirt. The bright blue of the ribbon, as well as the crisp white lace cuff, enliven the muted palette of grays and greens. The simple backdrop, free of furniture or other exterior trappings, ensures that the viewer focuses on the life-size portrait.

For many years, this gentleman was believed to be Samuel Bernard, one of the wealthiest financiers in Paris. But comparisons to documented portraits of Bernard suggest that the pastel depicts another sitter, one who has yet to be identified. Given that Joseph Vivien was among France's most sought-after pastel portraitists and commanded high prices for his work, the sitter would certainly have been of significant wealth.
Art Prints are printed on heavy matte finish German art paper using the finest Canon archival inks. Frame is black natural with a white mattboard and Acrylite glazing.

Wall Murals are printed on 42" matte finish, self-adhesive Kodak PhotoText fabric panels that combine and mount easily on a non textured wall surface. We can custom make to any size, just ask.

Stretched Canvas is stretched by hand over 1.5" thick pine bars and printed on cotton poly matte finish canvas. Each is canvas hand coated with Hahnemuhle UV/Archive coating, these are Swiss quality best in industry canvases.


All our images are digitized from the original negative , printed and assembled in Switzerland to museum standards by our master printer.

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