La Vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel by Jules-Arsène Garnier
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La Vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel by Jules-Arsène Garnier

La Vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel by Jules-Arsène Garnier

  • This exceptional genre painting was composed by the French painter Jules-Arsène Garnier
  • The work captures a scene from François Rabelais' La Vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel
  • An extraordinary amount of detail is imparted in the scene
  • Boasting a compelling narrative, the work reveals why Garnier is a master of his genre
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Jules-Arsène Garnier
1847-1889 | French

La Vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel
(The Life of Gargantua and Pantagruel)


Oil on canvas
Signed "Jules Garnier" (lower right)

A jester entertains a jovial crowd in this captivating work by renowned French genre painter Jules-Arsène Garnier. A master at depicting the details of a scene and the moods of his subjects, Garnier brings this humorous scene vividly to life, from the bright red of the jester's costume to the smoking ribs on the butcher's grill. Based on a scene from François Rabelais' highly popular La Vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel, the entire opulent composition is a study in 16th-century period costumes and more - Garnier demonstrates the full range of his painterly talents in the extraordinary work.

The artist is best known for these types of scenes, anecdotal works that borrow from the great literary masters of French history such as Rabelais. Rabelais' La Vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel comprises five volumes that tell the amusing tales of the giants Gargantua and Pantagruel. The books are intended as a parody of Rabelais' contemporaries, and his overly exuberant stories expose human folly with often obscene humor. Garnier was a particular fan of Rabelais' works, devoting much of his oeuvre to similar scenes. In fact, in 1890 just one year after his death, an exhibition of his works based solely on Rabelais' novels was held in London. The present work fully embraces the gaiety and ribald atmosphere of Rabelais' original 16th-century texts, which Garnier brilliantly brings to life in the present composition and other significant works in his oeuvre.

Born in Paris in 1847, Garnier studied his craft under the great Academic painter Jean-Léon Gérôme, who was then serving as a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. From Gérôme, he learned the skill of composition and a high level of detail, but Garnier became particularly renowned for the cleverness of his compositions. His remarkable ability to interpret a literary scene makes his paintings among the most compelling of their genre.

Circa 1870

Canvas: 39 3/4" high x 27 7/8" wide
Frame: 54 1/4" high x 42 1/2" wide

References:
Rabelais et l'oeuvre de Jules Garnier, volume 2, Paris, 1897, p. 108 (illustrated)
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Framed:42 1/2"W x 54 1/4"H
Unframed:27 7/8"W x 39 3/4"H
Period: 1816-1918
Origin:France
Subject:Genre
Width:42 1/2 Inches
Height:54 1/4 Inches
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