Happy Birthday to 17th Century master, Charles Le Brun. He is perhaps my favorite painter to come out of France, and I was born on his 357th birthday. He is a strange painter, Titianesque at times, sometimes like a scarier Rubens, often reminds me of Poussin and Van Dyke, but there is usually something dark or mysterious that I enjoy. Painter to Louis XIV, he was called by the king "the most important painter in 17th century France".
|One of the things I find most interesting about him are his "physiognomic" heads, physiognomy being the outdated idea that you can tell something significant about a person by the proportions of their faces. Each of the drawings was based on a particular animal. These are wolf men.|
|Daedalus and Icarus|
|Fall of the Rebel Angels|
|More Physiognomic Heads, possibly based on Lemurs?|