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Portrait of Jean de Bry

The few extant paintings by Jean Louis Laneuville, a member of the circle around France’s most renowned Neoclassical painter, Jacques-Louis David, all represent leaders of the French Revolution. This crisp, penetrating painting portrays the lawyer and statesman Jean-Antoine-Joseph de Bry (1760‒1834), who briefly served as president of the National Convention, the revolutionary government, in 1793. With its red, white, and blue color scheme (evoking the new tricolor flag that was officially adopted in 1794), De Bry’s fashionable attire may hint at his revolutionary ideals and political status. De Bry may have sat for this portrait, which was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1793, to commemorate this high point in his political career.

Jean Louis Laneuville
French, 1748–1826
Portrait of Jean de Bry
ca. 1793
Oil on canvas
25 ¾ x 21 5/16 in. (65.4 x 54.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 77.54.1