Paulus Constantijn la Fargue

Jan 5, 1729 - Jun 10, 1782

Paulus Constantijn la Fargue, also Constantine Paul Lafargue, was a Dutch painter, etcher and draftsman.
La Fargue was born into an artistic family. His siblings Karel, Maria Margaretha, Jacob Elias and Isaac Lodewijk were all painters.
In 1768 he is recorded as a member of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.
Paul Constantine la Fargue was the most talented and the most productive member of the La Fargue family of artists from The Hague. Probably entirely self taught, he applied himself at first to the making of kamerbehangsels, some of them commissioned by The Hague art dealer Gerard Hoet. Soon however, he specialised in painting, drawing and etching townscapes and landscapes with topographical elements. The sketches he made on site formed the source material on which he and his younger brothers Jacob Elias and Karel based their more elaborate paintings and drawings, sometimes after an interim of more than ten years.
La Fargue's topographical work from the 1760s brought Rotterdam into the picture as well as The Hague. During the 1770s views in and around Delft, Leiden, Haarlem, and Amsterdam were added.
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