• François Dumont SOLD Large painting of a musician violinist, possibly composer 1810

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    François Dumont (SOLD)

    Large painting of a musician violinist, possibly composer, oil on canvas 

    100cm x 80cm Damaged holes and tears.

    Signed lower right F Dumont 1810

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    François Dumont (7 January 1751 – 27 August 1831) was a French painter of portrait miniatures. 

    Dumont was born at Lunville (Meurthe), and was left an orphan when quite young, with five brothers and sisters to support. He was for a while a student under Jean Girardet, and then, on the advice of a Lunville Academician, Madame Coster, set up a studio for himself. In 1784 he journeyed to Rome, returning after four years careful study, and in 1788 was accepted as an Academician and granted an apartment in the Louvre. He married the daughter of Antoine Vestier, the miniature painter, and had two sons, Aristide and Bias, both of whom became painters.

    Dumont was one of the three greatest miniature painters of France, painting portraits of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Louis XVIII and Charles X, and of almost all the important persons of his day. His own portrait was engraved both by Francis Audouin and by Jean-Charles Tardieu. He resided the greater part of his life in Paris, and there he died. A younger brother, Tony Dumont, was also a miniature painter, a pupil of his brother, a frequent exhibitor and the recipient of a medal from the Academy in 1810. Each artist signed with the surname only, and there is some controversy concerning the attribution to each artist of his own work. Tony was an expert violinist and delighted in painting portraits of persons who were playing upon the violin.Many of Dumont's finest paintings came into the collection of J. P. Morgan, but others are in the Louvre, presented by the heir of Bias Dumont. The work of both painters is distinguished by breadth, precision and a charming scheme of coloring, and the unfinished works of the elder brother are amongst some of the most beautiful miniatures ever produced.

    François Dumont (1751-1831) originaire de Luneville, est élève du graveur Abraham Girardet à Nancy. Il se rend à Paris en 1769, sous la protection de Mme Vallayer Coster. En 1772, il exécute les portraits en miniature du comte et de la comtesse de Provence, et se retrouve alors en concurrence avec Hall, Sicardi et Labille-Guiard. Après un voyage à Rome en 1784, il évolue vers plus de simplicité dans les attitudes. Il est reçu à l’Académie en 1788 et expose dès l’année suivante au Salon. Il épouse la fille d’Antoine Vestier. Il expose jusqu’à sa mort, mais après 1814, il est éclipsé par Isabey et Augustin.

    Dumont est surtout célèbre pour son œuvre de miniaturiste mais il est également l’auteur de quelques rares peintures. Il réalise notamment le portrait allégorique de Marie-Antoinette pressant des lys sur son cœur, daté de 1815, dont la gravure fut diffusée pendant la Restauration. Il est aussi l’auteur de portraits d’artistes, notamment des peintres (Pierre, Vien, Drouais, Lagrenée), d’architectes (Piron, Viel) et de portraits de musiciens, chanteurs et comédiens.

    Au salon de 1793, il présente le portrait de Mandini, célèbre acteur (collection particulière), le portrait d’Anne Morichelly, célèbre chanteuse, le portrait de Chérubini, compositeur italien.

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