by Christopher Le Brun PRA

Virtue by Christopher Le Brun PRA is inspired by the annual competition of history painting held at the École des Beaux-Arts in the 19th Century.
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Artist Christopher Le Brun PRA
Medium Print
Colour Brown/Multicolour
Dimensions 54.7 x 74.5cm
Fabric & material Lithograph
Edition 35

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In France in the early 19th Century the award of the Prix de Rome by the Ecole des Beaux-Arts depended on an annual competition. As well as the Prix de Rome for History Painting, a prize for Historical Landscape was instituted in 1817. The examination was tri-partite. The first stage required the execution of an esquisse (sketch study).

The second stage, named Concours de l’arbre, lasted six days, during which the contestants painted, in isolation and from memory, a picture that featured a tree as its dominant motif and a narrative subject in which the figures had to be “at least four inches in height”.

The final stage was the painting of a finished historical landscape, the subject determined in advance by the jury. Faith appears as a more completed historical landscape with both trees and Palladian architecture featured, for which it reflects more the final stage for the prize.

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About Christopher Le Brun PRA

Christopher Le Brun is a painter, sculptor and printmaker.

Born in Portsmouth and trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art in London he appeared early on in many group exhibitions, such as the influential Zeitgeist exhibition at the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin, and from 1980 on, in many solo exhibitions in Britain, Europe and America. He was a prizewinner at... Go to artist page