The National Museum of Western Art

update 06 October 2017

Currently not on display

Claude Lorrain [Chamagne, 1604/05 - Roma, 1682]

Landscape with Dancing Satyrs and Nymphs

Date1646
Materials/Techniquesoil on canvas
Size (cm)98 x 125
InscriptionsSigned and dated lower right: CLAVD [...] / I.V.R. [FECIT] 164 (6?)
Credit LineTransferred from the Agency for Cultural Affairs
Standard ref.LV108
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1975-0008
Landscape with Dancing Satyrs and Nymphs

Claude Lorrain was one of the seventeenth century's greatest exponents of French Classical painting. Working in Rome, he gained a high reputation particularly for his landscapes. The pastoral scene presented here fully shows off the artist's exquisite skill at depicting nuances of light and atmosphere. It is a festive scene in which Pan, god of shepherds and flocks, and a nymph, both crowned with a wreath, sit in the shade of some trees as satyrs and other nymphs dance to music. (Source: Gallery label, July 2016)

Provenance

Sir Thomas Frankland, 1744-1831; Earl Howe; Private collection, Brussel; Heim, Paris; Transferred from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, 1976.

Exhibition History

1978
European Landscape Painting, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 September 1978 - 26 October 1978, cat. no. 24, col. repr.
1978
European Landscape Painting, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Kofu, 3 November 1978 - 15 January 1979, cat. no. 24
1996
The Crossing Visions: European and Modern Japanese Art from the Collections of The National Museum of Western Art & The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 20 July 1996 - 8 September 1996, cat. no. 75
1998
Claude Lorrain and the Ideal Landscape, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 15 September 1998 - 6 December 1998, cat. no. 44
2000
Tanka at the National Museum of Western Art: An Encounter between Poet and Art, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 25 July 2000 - 29 October 2000, cat. no. 14
2007
Gods and Nature: The Essence of European Art from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Matsumoto City Museum of Art, 11 December 2007 - 3 February 2008, cat. no. 1
2007
Gods and Nature: The Essence of European Art from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Himeji City Museum of Art, 4 November 2007 - 2 December 2007, cat. no. 1
2014
Voices Calling from the Unusual: Hirano Keiichiro's Selection of Western Art Masterpieces, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 8 April 2014 - 15 June 2014, cat. no. 2

Bibliography

1972
Roethlisberger, Marcel. Nuovi aspetti di Claude Lorrain. Paragone. no. 273, November 1972, pp. 30-32, col. pl. I, psl. 21-23.
1975
Röthlisberger, Marcel; Cecchi, Doretta. L'opera completa di Claude Lorrain. Milano, Rizzoli, 1975, p. 108, no. 173, col. pl. 27.
1977
Bulletin Annuel du Musée National d’Art Occidental, No. 10 (1975), 1977, Nouvelles acquisitions, par Chisaburoh F. Yamada, pp. 6-7. Nouvelles acquisitions (catalogue). pp. 20-21. col. repr. p. 2.
1977
Gazette des Beaux-Arts. ser. 6. tome 89, Mar. 1977, "Chroniquie des Arts", p. 80, no. 349, repr.
1978
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1978 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 19, col. repr.
1978
Kitson, Michael. Claude Lorrain: Liber Veritatis. London, British Museum Publications Ltd., 1978, no. 108, repr.
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 159, repr.
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 54, col. repr.

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