Chancellor Séguier by Charles Le Brun

Chancellor Séguier by Charles Le Brun
Chancellor Séguier by Charles Le Brun

This painting preserved in the Louvre Museum in Paris is one of the great pictorial works of the artist Charles Le Brun, who in fact he was a total creator, since he worked as a painter, set designer or decorator on large projects, including the Palace of Versailles.


Chancellor Séguier de Le Brun

Indeed, Le Brun is the best interpreter of the luxury of living at the court of King Louis XIV of France. Since in that baroque era of great pomp and circumstance, he knew how to combine these elements with a solemn and rhetorical tone, the result of a great classical training. And the result was undoubtedly very pleasing to the monarch, especially because of the tremendous impact of image and communication that he supposed.

This fusion of elements was carried out in his broader projects that included paintings, stuccoes, tapestries, furniture and any ornamental or functional element of a palatial room. But he also used them when he painted a canvas individually, like this one he did around 1566 portraying the Chancellor Séguier and all his service, all his pages and squires, a large group that appears posing in a very studied attitude and placement, as if it were a theater scene loaded with all the pomp.

In every detail of the characters you can see the ostentation of the moment. All the fabrics are of extraordinary luxury, without missing thegold threads, not only on the foreign minister's clothes, but also on his horse or on the fringes of the parasol that covers the politician from the sun.

Each detail is exquisitely painted and in turn all of them are part of an orchestrated rhythm through shapes, color gradations, postures or the order of the figures based on order and symmetry. All with one goal. Become an impressive and majestic image, which immediately attracts attention due to its elegance and radiates the power of the character. And if he does this with a chancellor, you have to imagine how he would do it for Louis XIV, the Sun King, whose absolutism had at the same time a ceremonious image that was largely created by artists like Charles Le Brun (1619 – 1690).

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