L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Pierre Cadeau de Mongazon, by Nicolas de Largillière, circa 1715-20
I haven't been able to find any information on the subject of this suave and sensuously painted portrait save that he was a court counselor of some sort or another.
Working on the stories for our upcoming book, The UNTOLD GAZE, G and I have had to discuss the subject of wigs with some of the writers. Most people have the assumption that everyone in the eighteenth century wore white, powdered wigs, which is not anything like the truth. But this portrait gives us a very good example of the genuine - false - article; Largillière makes no effort to disguise the fact, even showing us a bit of the sitter's cleanly shaved scalp at the hairline.
Stephen O'Donnell, painter and singer/performer. A mid-career fine artist, I have been showing professionally since 1995. Married to author and graphic designer Gigi Little, with whom I occasionally perform a mother and daughter singing act, Madeleine and Penny Prévert.