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A Man, called Michel Baron

Claude Lefèbvrec.1670s

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Born in Fontainebleau, Lefebvre studied under Le Brun and was to become one of the leading portrait painters in Paris in the third quarter of the seventeenth century.

The sitter, traditionally called Molière, is now identified as Michel Baron (1653–1729), an actor in Molière's company. However, he does not greatly resemble a portrait of Baron that is now in the Comédie Française, Paris.

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  • Title: A Man, called Michel Baron
  • Date: c.1670s
  • Physical Dimensions: w604 x h737 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Notes: J. Posselwhite in Gallery of Portraits with Memoirs, 1833, i.
  • Work Nationality: French
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: Gift of George Bartley, 1854.
  • Further Information: Lefebvre was received at the Academy in Paris in 1663 and exhibited at the Salon of 1673.The sitter, traditionally called Moliére, has more recently been identified as Michel Baron (1653-1729), an actor in Moliére's company. However, he does not greatly resemble the sitter in Jean de Troy's portrait of Baron at the Comédie Francaise, Paris. Formerly catalogued as School of Le Brun; the attribution to Lefebvre was proposed by Boyer.
  • Attributed to: Lefebvre, Claude
  • Acquisition Method: Bartley, George (Gift, 1854)

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