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Alexander Francois


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Alexander-Francois Deport is among the French artists whose work is associated with the era of Louis XIV. He came from a peasant family. Embedded in a young man of outstanding abilities showed early and was seen. At the age of twelve Deport was taken to be apprenticed to the Flemish painter who lived in Paris. His career as an artist he began as a portraitist, 1695-1696 worked at the Polish court, but Louis XIV returned to Paris and was appointed painter of the Royal hunt. In 1699 Deport was admitted to the Royal Academy. Since that time the artist's work is entirely devoted to still lifes with a bat game and hunting scenes.

Comes from a noble family. Deport a child was brought to Paris, where he apprenticed to Nicasius BERNAERTS, Flemish animal painter, worked in the tradition of the Snyders. His early work was deliberate: he worked with Agronom, in particular, on the paintings of Ana castle (not preserved). As a portrait painter, he travelled to Poland, in 1695 - 1696, and later became court painter-animalist. Member of the Academy from 1699 ("self-portrait in the costume of a hunter." Paris, Louvre), Deport participated in lists for Menagerie (paintings exhibited in the National Assembly in Paris), Marley (2 paintings - Paris, Louvre), of MEUDON and has created a series of Royal hunting scenes and dogs. Very popular in England, he will go there in 1712, and left a noticeable trace in the history of English painting of the XVIII century In France his success continued in the Regency era and the reign of Louis XV, He worked for La Myatt (1717. the paintings in the Museum of fine arts in Grenoble and Lyon). Tuileries (1720), Versailles (1729), castle of compiègne (1738-1739), Choisy (1742). In those same years he fulfilled the drawings and cartoons for KOR. Gobelin factory ("New India". 1736-1741). Deport worked on the orders of individuals, for example, the family of Bet Advisor glitch (1725-1726, museums in Rennes, Senlis, Fontainebleau and the Louvre). In addition, he created a number of still lifes. which fruits, exotic flowers and fowl is written with great care; the precious gold and silver utensils gives the still solemnity.

Numerous works of Deport established on the basis of studies, partially preserved (in sèvres manufactory, in Compiegne castle, museums in Senlis and Paris), which constitute, perhaps. the most exciting part of his work. Here you can find not only sketches animals, but also realistic landscapes. The fact that the art of the Backwardation is sometimes pompous in nature, is justified by the Flemish perception of reality that is reflected both in the depth of his landscapes, and rich and crisp texture (the plumage of birds or caressing the skin color and fruit)

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