The Concert

Valentin de Boulogne (French, 1591-1632)

Currently on View in H214
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This scene depicts three ruffians seated at a simple tavern table sparsely set with bread and sausage. The two figures offering wine undoubtedly have ulterior motives in keeping the glasses full—while one pours another drink, the other is shown slyly picking the pocket of the man in front of her.

The Concert exemplifies the Baroque style. Valentin—a Frenchman who went to Rome to paint—broke all the rules of classicism to achieve maximum theatricality and convincing naturalism in his paintings. He was attracted to painting people and things taken from everyday life, rather than religious scenes.

(Galerie Heim, Paris, France) by 1956; {1}
Purchased from them by the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1956 (56.2).
{1} Valentin's painting was included in an exhibition showcasing François Heim's recent acquisitions. See Galerie Heim, Paris, "Tableaux de Maitres Anciens," Paris, 1956, cat. no. 1 (ill.) and the review by W.V., "Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions," Burlington Magazine 98 (December 1956), pp. 458-459.

Object Information

Valentin de Boulogne (French, 1591-1632)
creation date
about 1615
oil on canvas
47-7/8 x 62-3/4 in. (canvas)
58-7/16 x 73-15/16 x 5-3/4 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
William A. Zumpfe Memorial Fund
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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