Gabriel-Jacques Saint-Aubin (1724-1780)

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Street Scene in Paris, 1760, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, London, U.K.

Gabriel-Jacques Saint-Aubin (1724-80) was the most famous of the four artistic Saint-Aubins. He was a major representative of French Rococo, the prevalent style after Louis XIV’s death in 1715. This style was championed by the French nobility who left Versailles for Parisian townhouses or hotels in Paris after the Sun King (Louis XIV) died. Saint-Aubin is best known for his depictions of everyday life in Paris. In the picture above, the commedia dell’arte, featuring the characters Crispin and Harlequin is being performed on a wooden stage, pedestrians stop to enjoy it. Saint-Aubin is especially appreciated by art historians for his paintings of Paris Salons and other art shows.


On the Shingle, 1883

He liked to travel and spent three months in Grenada with the painters Gerome and Pasini in 1883 and many of his paintings became classed as being of the school of Orientalism. He was throughout his life given many labels, Genre painter, Impressionist, Traditional Realist, Orientalist. It seems finally however that he chose to define himself. Following two trips to Tunisia in 1901 and 1904, he chose to settle there in 1905. He bought a Tunisian Palace called ‘Dar Ben Abdullah’ in the old part of the city and it is certainly the history of the area and a love of Islamic art that attracted him there.

He was to become the President of the Society of Tunisian Artists and following his death his palace became a centre for traditional Tunisian art and a regional museum.


On the Beach at Treport

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