François Lemoyne was a brilliant, highly accomplished and

François Lemoyne was a brilliant, highly accomplished and

7/1/2021, 3:20:15 PM
François Lemoyne was a brilliant, highly accomplished and successful Rococo painter who suddenly committed suicide on 4 June 1737, when he was only 39. For reasons which remain obscure, the day after he finished painting 'Time Saving Truth from Falsehood and Envy' (1737) for a friend and patron, Lemoyne stabbed himself in the chest and throat nine times before he collapsed and died. The naked figure of Truth is held aloft by her father, Time, who with his scythe subdues Falsehood, in her fine apparel and dissembling mask, while the baleful figure of Discord and Envy recedes, protesting. The subject may have held a personal significance for the artist; the day after he completed it he committed suicide. Yet, as the collector Caylus recalled: ‘there is no sense of his alienation of spirit in the work, it is even one of his most beautiful cabinet pictures’. It demonstrates Lemoyne’s ability to combine the compositional models of the Grand Siècle with a more sensual eighteenth-century tonality. Time Saving Truth from Falsehood and Envy, 1737 by François Lemoyne (1688–1737) 🏛️: Wallace Collection, London. #arteesamor #historyofart #arthistory #arte #oilpainting #masterpiece #time #truth #myth #mythology #mythologie #rococostyle #rococoart #rococo #18thcentury #18thcenturyart #wallace #wallacecollection #beautiful #frenchpainter #frenchartist #art #artwork #artgallery #artlovers #dailypainting #dailyart

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