The Dead Artists Gallery presents “The Retrieve”


Unsigned 18th C. Sporting Portrait

Either French or English, in original figured wood frame, circa 1790. The style of the sporting portait arose from the limner painters of the 1600s in both England and France who favored flattened perspectives for details such as this woodcock’s feathers to contrast more clearly. The style of these historically untrained painters was eventually adopted by the academy, who found value in the visual pop created by layering a bright detail over neutral fields of color.


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