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Charles de La Fosse


Bacchus and Ariadne

Sunrise with the Chariot of Apollo

Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene

Clytie Transformed into a Sunflower

The Finding of Moses

Alexander the Great hunting Lions

The Sacrifice of Iphigenia

Acis and Galatea

Augustus building the port of Misena

The Sleeping Rinaldo

Adoration of the Magi

Jason and the Argonauts in Colchis

Vespasian erecting the Colosseum in Rome

Porus before Alexander

Apollo and Thetis

Diana at Rest

The Presentation in the Temple

 Drawing - Apollo And The Python by Charles De La Fosse

Apollo And The Python

 Drawing - Head Of A Young Girl And Studies Of Hands And Of Her Right Foot by Charles De La Fosse

Head Of A Young Girl And Studies Of Hands And Of Her Right Foot

 Drawing - Sacrifice Of Iphigenia by Charles De La Fosse

Sacrifice Of Iphigenia

 Drawing - Sheet Of Studies Of Four Figures by Charles De La Fosse

Sheet Of Studies Of Four Figures

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Alexander The Great Hunting Lions - Alexander the Great hunting Lions by Charles De La Fosse

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Charles de La Fosse (or Lafosse) (June 16, 1636 – December 13, 1716), French painter, was born in Paris.[1]

Charles de La Fosse, Clytia changed into a sunflower, Grand Trianon, Palace of Versailles, 1688

He was one of the most noted and least servile pupils of Le Brun, under whose direction he shared in the chief of the great decorative works undertaken in the reign of Louis XIV. Leaving France in 1662, he spent two years in Rome and three in Venice. The influence of his prolonged studies of Veronese is evident in his Finding of Moses (Louvre), and in his Rape of Proserpine (Louvre), which he presented to the Royal Academy as his diploma picture in 1673. He was at once named assistant professor, and in 1674 the full responsibilities of the office devolved on him, but his engagements did not prevent his accepting in 1689 the invitation of Lord Montagu to decorate

Charles de La Fosse - Bacchus and Ariadne

He visited London twice, remaining on the second occasion—together with Rousseau and Monnoyer more than two years. William III vainly strove to detain him in England by the proposal that he should decorate Hampton Court, for Le Brun was dead, and Mansart pressed La Fosse to return to Paris to take in hand the cupola of Les Invalides. The decorations of Montagu House are destroyed, those of Versailles are restored, and the dome of the Invalides (engraved, Picart and Cochin) is now the only work existing which gives a full measure of his talent. During his latter years La Fosse executed many other important decorations in public buildings and private houses, notably in that of Crozat, under whose roof he died on 13 December 1716. The artis't works and conception played a key role in the French art history from shifting the classicism of the French style from the court of Louis XIV towards the lighter and more playful Rococo period's style. La Fosse's style prior to his emergence from the shadow of Le Brun remains a mystery, with very few sheets by him dating earlier than 1680.[1][2]


Encyclopædia Britannica 1911

Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Renaissance to Revolution, French Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, 1500-1800. National Gallery of Art, Washington


Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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