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Portrait of the Actor Grandval

Nicolas Lancret (French, 1690-1743)

Lancret's interest in the stage, evident in his insightful portraits of actors and dancers, may derive from his early training in the studio of Claude Gillot, director of scene designs and costumes for the Paris Opera. In this portrait of the actor Grandval, one of the best known performers of 18th-century Paris, Lancret alludes to his renowned ability to perform both tragic and comic roles. Grandval stands in an imaginary garden in front of a statuary group that represents Thalia, the Muse of Comedy, and Melpomene, the Muse of Tragedy.

Object Information

Nicolas Lancret (French, 1690-1743)
creation date
about 1742
oil on canvas
27 x 33-1/2 in.
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Krannert
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800