Portrait of the Actor Grandval

Creation date
oil on canvas
27 x 33-1/2 in.
Credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herman C. Krannert
Accession number
Currently On View In
Charles O. McGaughey Gallery - H213

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.

Provenance Research is on-going at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and information will be added to this record as research is completed. Please contact Annette Schlagenhauff, Assoc. Curator of Research, at aschlagenhauff@imamuseum.org with any questions.
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