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Portfolio Georges De La Tour. The complete works. (71: Oil On Canvas)

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  • Georges De La Tour - The Fortune-Teller
  • Georges De La Tour - The Dream of St Joseph
  • Georges De La Tour - Magdalen with the Smoking Flame
  • Georges De La Tour - St. Joseph, the Carpenter
  • Georges De La Tour - Adoration of the Shepherds
  • Georges De La Tour - Job Mocked by his Wife
  • Georges De La Tour - The New born
  • Georges De La Tour - Education of the Virgin
  • Georges De La Tour - Saint Jerome reading a letter
  • Georges De La Tour - Mary Magdalene with a night light
  • Georges De La Tour - St. Sebastian Tended by St. Irene
  • Georges De La Tour - St Thomas
  • Georges De La Tour - St Sebastian Attended by St Irene
  • Georges De La Tour - Young Virgin Mary
  • Georges De La Tour - The Education of the Virgin
  • Georges De La Tour - The Payment of Dues
  • Georges De La Tour - St. John the Baptist in the Desert
  • Georges De La Tour - St Jerome
  • Georges De La Tour - The Dream of St Joseph (detail)
  • Georges De La Tour - The Beggars' Brawl
  • Georges De La Tour - St. Thomas
  • Georges De La Tour - The Adoration of the Shepherds
  • Georges De La Tour - Old Woman
  • Georges De La Tour - Fortune Teller
  • Georges De La Tour - Peasant Couple Eating
  • Georges De La Tour - St. Jude Thaddeus
  • Georges De La Tour - St Sebastien Attended by St Irene
  • Georges De La Tour - The New-born
 
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Georges de La Tour (March 13, 1593 – January 30, 1652) was a French Baroque painter, who spent most of his working life in the Duchy of Lorraine, which was temporarily absorbed into France between 1641 and 1648. He painted mostly religious chiaroscuro scenes lit by candlelight.

Georges de La Tour was born in the town of Vic-sur-Seille in the Diocese of Metz, which was technically part of the Holy Roman Empire, but had been ruled by France since 1552. Baptism documentation reveal that he was the son of Jean de La Tour, a baker, and Sybille de La Tour, née Molian. It has been suggested that Sybille came from a partly noble family. His parents had seven children in all, with Georges being the second-born.

La Tour's educational background remains somewhat unclear, but it is assumed that he travelled either to Italy or the Netherlands early in his career. He may possibly have trained under Jacques Bellange in Nancy, the capital of Lorraine, although their styles are very different. His paintings reflect the Baroque naturalism of Caravaggio, but this probably reached him through the Dutch Caravaggisti of the Utrecht School and other Northern (French and Dutch) contemporaries. In particular, La Tour is often compared to the Dutch painter Hendrick Terbrugghen.

In 1617 he married Diane Le Nerf, from a minor noble family, and in 1620 he established his studio in her quiet provincial home-town of Lunéville, part of the independent Duchy of Lorraine which was absorbed into France, during his lifetime, in 1641. He painted mainly religious and some genre scenes. He was given the title "Painter to the King" (of France) in 1638, and he also worked for the Dukes of Lorraine in 1623–4, but the local bourgeoisie provided his main market, and he achieved a certain affluence. He is not recorded in Lunéville in 1639–42, and may have travelled again; Anthony Blunt detected the influence of Gerrit van Honthorst in his paintings after this point. He was involved in a Franciscan-led religious revival in Lorraine, and over the course of his career he moved to painting almost entirely religious subjects, but in treatments with influence from genre painting.

Georges de la Tour and his family died in 1652 in an epidemic in Lunéville. His son Étienne (born 1621) was his pupil.

His early work shows influences from Caravaggio, probably via his Dutch followers, and the genre scenes of cheats—as in The Fortune Teller —and fighting beggars clearly derive from the Dutch Caravaggisti, and probably also his fellow-Lorrainer, Jacques Bellange. These are believed to date from relatively early in his career.

La Tour is best known for the nocturnal light effects which he developed much further than his artistic predecessors had done, and transferred their use in the genre subjects in the paintings of the Dutch Caravaggisti to religious painting in his. Unlike Caravaggio his religious paintings lack dramatic effects. He painted these in a second phase of his style, perhaps beginning in the 1640s, using chiaroscuro, careful geometrical compositions, and very simplified painting of forms. His work moves during his career towards greater simplicity and stillness—taking from Caravaggio very different qualities than Jusepe de Ribera and his Tenebrist followers did.

He often painted several variations on the same subjects, and his surviving output is relatively small. His son Étienne was his pupil, and distinguishing between their work in versions of La Tour's compositions is difficult. The version of the Education of the Virgin, in the Frick Collection in New York is an example, as the Museum itself admits. Another group of paintings (example left), of great skill but claimed to be different in style to those of La Tour, have been attributed to an unknown "Hurdy-gurdy Master". All show older male figures (one group in Malibu includes a female), mostly solitary, either beggars or saints.

After his death at Lunéville in 1652, La Tour's work was forgotten until rediscovered by Hermann Voss, a German scholar, in 1915; some of La Tour's work had in fact been confused with Vermeer, when the Dutch artist underwent his own rediscovery in the nineteenth century. In 1935 an exhibition in Paris began the revival in interest among a wider public. In the twentieth century a number of his works were identified once more, and forgers tried to help meet the new demand; many aspects of his œuvre remain controversial among art historian.

Director Peter Greenaway has described de La Tour's work as a primary influence on his 1982 film The Draughtsman's Contract.

A reference to a work purportedly by de La Tour is featured prominently in the 2003 Merchant Ivory film Le Divorce.

Magdalene with the Smoking Flame (not Penitent Magdalene) is the painting in Ariel's grotto she longingly motions toward when she yearns to know about fire while singing "Part of Your World" in Disney's 1989 film The Little Mermaid.
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Georges de La Tour (Mars 13, 1593 - Janvier 30, 1652) était un peintre français baroque, qui a passé la plupart de sa vie à travailler dans le duché de Lorraine, qui a été temporairement absorbé en France entre 1641 et 1648. Il peint surtout des scènes religieuses clair-obscur éclairé par des bougies. Georges de La Tour est né dans la ville de Vic-...
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Georges de La Tour (13. März 1593 - 30. Januar 1652) war ein Französisch Barockmaler, der die meiste Zeit seines Berufslebens in das Herzogtum Lothringen, die vorübergehend in Frankreich zwischen 1641 und 1648 aufgenommen wurde ausgegeben. Er malte vor allem religiöse Helldunkel Szenen bei Kerzenlicht beleuchtet. Georges de La Tour wurde in der Sta...
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Georges de La Tour (13 marzo 1593 - 30 gennaio 1652) fu un pittore barocco francese, che ha trascorso gran parte della sua vita lavorativa nel ducato di Lorena, che era stato temporaneamente assorbita in Francia tra il 1641 e il 1648. Ha dipinto prevalentemente scene religiose chiaroscurali illuminati a lume di candela. Georges de La Tour è nato ne...
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Georges de La Tour (13 marzo 1593 a 30 enero 1652) fue un pintor francés barroco, que pasó la mayor parte de su vida de trabajo en el ducado de Lorena, que fue absorbida temporalmente en Francia entre 1641 y 1648. Pintó escenas de claroscuro sobre todo religiosas iluminadas por luz de las velas. Georges de La Tour nació en la ciudad de Vic-sur-Seil...
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Жорж де Ла Тур (13 марта 1593 - 30 января 1652), французский живописец барокко, который провел большую часть своей трудовой жизни в герцогстве Лотарингия, которая была временно поглощается во Франции между 1641 и 1648 году. Писал главным образом религиозные светотени сцены освещенный свечами. Жорж де Ла Тур родился в городе Вик-сюр-Сей в епархии Ме...
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乔治· 德拉图尔(1593年3月13日 - 1652年1月30日)是法国巴洛克式的画家,谁花了他的大部分工作生活在1641年和1648年之间,这是暂时吸收到法国洛林大公。他画的大多是宗教的明暗场景点亮烛光。 乔治· 德拉图尔出生在VIC-sur-Seille的镇教区的梅斯,这在技术上是神圣罗马帝国的一部分,但自1552已被法国统治。洗礼文件显示,他的儿子吉恩· de La Tour酒店,面包师,Sybille的香格里拉旅游,Molian娘家姓。有人曾建议,Sybille从部分贵族家庭。他的父母有七个孩子,在所有与乔治第二个出生的。 香格里拉旅游的教育背景,仍然有些不清楚,但它是假设在他的职业生涯的早期,他旅行到意大利或荷兰。他可能已培训,洛林的首府南锡Be...
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Georges de La Tour (13 de março 1593 - 30 de janeiro de 1652) foi um pintor barroco francês, que passou a maior parte de sua vida trabalhando no Ducado de Lorena, que foi temporariamente absorvida França entre 1641 e 1648. Ele pintou cenas religiosas principalmente chiaroscuro iluminadas por luz de velas. Georges de La Tour nasceu na cidade de Vic-...
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Georges du Mesnil de La Tour (1593–1652) foi um pintor francês. Georges de La Tour nasceu no dia 13 de março de 1593 na pacata localidade de Vic-sur-Seille na região de Lorena, na França. Ele faleceu em 30 de janeiro de 1652 em Lunéville, também localizada na mesma área. A certidão de batismo de Georges de La Tour revela que ele era filho de Jean d...
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ジョルジュ· ド· ラ· トゥール(1593年3月13日 - 1652年1月30日)は、一時的に1641と1648の間にフランスに吸収された、ロレーヌ公国に彼の仕事人生の大半を過ごしたフランスのバロック画家であった。彼はろうそくの明かりに照らされ、ほとんど宗教的な明暗の場面を描いた。 ジョルジュ· ド· ラ· トゥールは、技術的には神聖ローマ帝国の一部だったが、1552年以来、フランスによって統治されていたメッツの教区のヴィック· シュール· Seilleの町で生まれました。洗礼のドキュメントでは、彼がジャン· ド· ラ· トゥール、パン、およびシビル&midd...
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