Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Sets, Scenes and Environments: Georges de la Tour

As the nights are drawing in, I thought it would apposite to have a look at some night paintings.  Here are a few marvellous paintings by 17th century french artist Georges de la Tour.  La Tour's oeuvre consists almost entirely of paintings of figures by candlelight.  There is a monumental, solemn simplicity in his great canvases.  Little is known about his life but it is assumed he was influenced by Caravaggio.  There is speculation that he may have been influenced by the shallow spaces and lighting of the theatre of his day.

Peter Greenaway cited La Tour as a primary influence on his 1982 film, 'The Draughtsman's Contract':

More information on La Tour can be found on this site.

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