Artist Louis Jean François Lagrenée, French, 1724-1805
Title
  • Pygmalion and Galatea
Date 1781
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 23 3/8 × 19 1/4 inches (59.4 × 48.9 cm)
Framed: 30 5/8 × 26 1/2 × 3 1/8 inches (77.8 × 67.3 × 7.9 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Long Fund, Miscellaneous Gifts Fund and City of Detroit Insurance Recovery Fund
Accession Number 72.296
Department European Painting
Not On View
Signed Signed and dated, upper right: L Lagrenee/1781
December 2, 1795, probably consigned by the artist, sold by (Salle de vente, rue Française no. 13, près celle du Petit-Lion, Paris, France) Villers sale, part of lot 3;
1869, sold by (Dubourg, Paris, France);
March 23, 1908, sold by (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, France) lot 31 [titled La Sculpture];
1908, purchased by Lesour de Villiers;
(Galerie Joseph Hahn, Paris, France);
1972, (H. Shickman Gallery, New York, New York, USA);
1972-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Goncourt, E. and J. de. "Livre de raison de Louis Lagrenée." L'Art 4 (1877): pp. 25-26, 136-141, 255-260, no. 301. Reprint, Portraits intimes du XVIIIe siècle: Etudes nouvelles d'après les lettres autographes et les documents inédits, Paris, 1878, pp. 323-362.

Benezit, Dicationnaire, vol. 5. 1952, pp. 359-360. Reprint, 1966.

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Sandoz, M. "The Drawings of Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée: Notes for a Tentative Catalogue Raisonné." Art Quarterly 26 (1963) pp. 47-70.

Bulletin of the DIA 52, no. 1 (1973): p. 66 (ill.).

"Recent Accessions of American and Canadian Museums." Art Quarterly 36 (1973): p. 115 (ill.).

K.R. "Shorter Notices: Recent Museum Acquisitions." The Burlington Magazine 115, no. 843 (June 1973): pp. 393, 399 (fig. 67).

La Chronique des arts et de la curiosité: supplement to Gazette des beaux-arts, no. 1249 (February 1972): p. 132, no. 473 (ill.).

Diderot, D. Salons, 3 vols., ed. J. Adhémar. Oxford, 1975-1983, vol. 1 p. 43 (ill.). [incorrect identification.]

Schnapper, A. "Louis Lagrenée and the Theme of Pygmalion." Bulletin of the DIA 53, nos. 3 & 4 (1975): pp.112-117 (ill. on cover).

From David to Delacroix, French Painting 1774-1830: The Age of Revolution. Exh. cat., Grand Palais, Detroit Institute of Arts, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Paris, Detroit, and New York, 1974/1975, pp. 64, 521-522, cat. 115 (pl. 18).

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Sandoz, M. Les Lagrenée, vol. 1 (Louis (Jean, François) Lagrenée, 1725-1805). Paris, 1983, no. 349 (ill.).

The Loves of the Gods: Mythological Painting from Watteau to David. Exh. cat., Grand Palais, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Kimbell Art Museum. Paris, Philadelphia, and Fort Worth, 1991/1992, pp. 502-507, cat. 63 (ill.).

Stoichita, Victor. O Efeito Pigmaliã: Para Uma Antropologia Histórica Dos Simulacros. Lisbon, 2011, no. 79 (ill.).

America Collects Eighteenth Century French Painting. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 2017, pp. 29, 165, 172, 274-275 (pl. 13 and detail p. 29).