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 Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay

 

 

Jean-Baptiste Belin de Fontenay  

(b Caen, bapt 9 Nov 1653; d Paris, 12 Feb 1715).

French painter. The son of Louis Blin, who may have specialized in flower painting, he is recorded from 1672 as training in the Paris studio of Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer, whose daughter he later married. As a Protestant he was affected by the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, and he made a prudent public recantation of his faith before being presented at the Académie Royale in 1685. His morceau de réception, the Bust of Louis XIV (Paris, Louvre), is a supremely confident painting. Over 1.8 m high, it shows the bust set on a plinth between two columns, overlooking a vase cascading with flowers, with fruit and armour heaped together below; it brings a new spatial coherence to the genre of the ‘table-top’ still-life as represented by the work of Jacques Linard, Sébastien Stoskopff and Lubin Baugin.

 

 


Flowers in sculpted Urns
1690

 

 


Flowers in sculpted Urns
1690

 
 

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