Laurent Cars, engraver

A man in a powdered wig is shown in a bust-length pose, looking to the right. He is dressed in a silk coat with a blue and bronze-colored silk scarf at his throat.
Jean-Baptiste Perronneau
Perronneau here depicts his friend, the engraver and printseller, Laurent Cars. Cars was admitted to the Académie Royale in 1733 as an engraver and he made numerous engraings after paintings by noted painters in France of the era. Around the time that Perronneau painted this portrait, Cars abandoned engraving to devote more time to selling engravings. After de la Tour, Perronneau was known as one of the most accomplished pastellists in France during a time when pastel enjoyed great popularity. The freedom and verve of this work, particularly the iridescence of the sitter's coat and scarf and the intimate pose devoid of emblems of the sitter's status, are all attributes that are common with pastel portraits of the time.
Museum Purchase
Tuesday, June 28, 2022