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Edouard Henri Théophile PINGRET

Friday 18 December 2015, by Barbara Cogollos

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Edouard Henri Théophile PINGRET was born at Saint Quentin in the Aisne on the 30th december in 1788 and dead at Paris in 1875.

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Born into a middle class family, the father, Henry, is linked, as a man of law, to the highest offices of the Protestant aristocracy. During the revolution, he even named as representative of the Aisne to the Convention.

Edouard PINGRET first studied painting with Jacques Louis David and Jean Baptiste Regnault then he went to the academy Saint Luke in Rome.

In 1808 he painted a portrait of Napoleon 1st, which is his first really recognized work. From 1810 he exhibited at fairs in Paris and won some success. He even made a Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1831. He continues to shine in France until 1851 date of his departure for Mexico. He moved to Mexico and exposed at the académia Bella Artes, he painted scenes of genre "European" but mostly he develops an abundant production of Mexican interior that bring joy of all collectors in South America. In 1851 he painted a portrait of General Mariano Arista, which is still in possession of the Mexican government and kept at the National Museum of Mexico.

Edouard PINGRET is also known to have illustrated the book: "The travel S.M Louis Philippe 1".

PINGRET was primarily an enthusiast artist of portraits and genre scenes but he also made drawings, lithographs and some pastels. Its Mexican production remains the best known and most quoted. For example, his painting "Indio con traje de gala in puesto de comida" was awarded $ 302,500 November 17, 2010 at Sotheby’s New York.

Note that PINGRET exposed in some of the major French museums, including the Louvre in Paris, Versailles at the National Museum of the castles of Versailles and Trianon or even the Condé Museum in Chantilly.

The work that we propose belongs to his brilliant French career, this full length portrait is quite typical of his taste and talent before leaving for South America. This work is an excellent example of refinement and pictorial tastes of the French aristocracy and European at the beginning of XIX century. And although this artist is momentarily fell into disuse no doubt that in a few years collectors and the most knowledgeable experts rediscover with pleasure and astonishment the production of this great painter.

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