Circle of JACQUES-LOUIS DAVID

(French, 18th Century)

 

Portrait of a Gentleman

 

Oil on canvas

17 1/8 x 13 ¾ inches
(43.5 x 34.9 cm)

 

Provenance:   

Private Collection, Buenos Aires

 

This vibrant portrait of young man was traditionally considered a work by Jacques-Louis David, whose style it does recall but to whom it cannot be convincingly attributed.  Rather it would appear to be by a painter in his immediate following, an artist most likely working in France in the first decade of the nineteenth century.  Several names have been proposed: Gerard, Hersent, Girodet, Gericault, and Wicar, among others, but the definitive author of this compelling portrait remains to be determined.