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The Choirboy

Photo credit: Leicester Arts and Museums Service

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The French artist Georges De La Tour is considered to be one of the most original painters of 17th century France. He lived and worked at Luneville in Lorraine. His paintings, often of candlelit scenes, are famous for their sense of stillness, calm and mystery. The Choirboy, with its dramatic use of light and shade, is typical of La Tour's style. The figure, probably a young Franciscan choirboy, sings from a book, his face lit by the glow from the candle flame.

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Leicester


Date

c.1645

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 66.7 x W 50.2 cm

Accession number

L.F19.1983.0.0

Acquisition method

purchased from an anonymous vendor with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the Museum Fund, 1983

Work type

Painting


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New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

53 New Walk, Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 7EA England

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