14 January 2010

My final painting today is this wonderful work by the great French master Nicolas de Largillierre, whose works are so magnificently over the top that I often find myself thinking of them as a form of eighteenth century surrealism. This painting has been tentatively identified as Madame Claude Lambert de Thorigny, painted in 1696.

I love everything about it but I think that I am particularly enamoured with the splendid parrot in the foreground who has a very world weary look about his eye.