• Landscape with the Rest on the Flight into Egypt

    Artist:
    Gellée, Claude, dit Le Lorrain, ca. 1602-1682
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    114x157,2 cm

Gellée, Claude, dit Le Lorrain, ca. 1602-1682

Landscape with the Rest on the Flight into Egypt

France, 1654

The artist Claude Gellée (1600–1682), known from his birthplace as Claude Lorrain, is the acknowledged master of the French classical landscape. He was born in Lorraine, on the eastern borders of France, but, like Poussin, he sent his whole working life in Rome, and, like Poussin, he took inspiration from Classical Antiquity, Roman ruins and the beauty of the Italian landscape. In his painting, too, he produced an image of ideal nature, an embodiment of harmony and rational order. The perfect beauty of the surrounding world is lent warmth in his pictures by a subtle lyricism and a sense of dreamy calm. His Times of Day series is made up of four works: Morning, Midday, Evening and Night. They were painted at different times, but for the same client – Henri van Halmale, the Dean of Antwerp Cathedral. From his collection, the whole series passed to the Kassel Gallery in Germany and later to France, to the Chateau de Malmaison, home of Empress Josephine. Later they were bought from the former Empress’s heirs by Russian Emperor Alexander I. The landscape Midday incorporates a biblical scene of the Holy Family resting on their flight into Egypt.

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Landscape with the Rest on the Flight into Egypt

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oil

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114x157,2 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1814; formerly in the collection of Josephine de Beauharnais in the Castle of Malmaison near Paris

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1235

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This is a companion piece to "Landscape with Tobias and the Angel" (ГЭ-1236)

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