LOUIS GABRIEL EUGÈNE ISABEY
Louis XIV Entering Paris
Signed and dated L. Isabey 1830
Oil on canvas
13¼ x 16¼ (33.3 x 41.3 cm)
Framed: 23 x 26 inches (58.3 x 66 cm)
This work depicts the young Louis XIV arriving at one of the gates into Paris, greeted by a Bishop with a ceremonial basin of water amidst an excited crowd. The lush fabric of the elegant tent protecting the royal party and colorful flowers are both painted in Isabey's characteristic style. The painting was probably a first idea for a large composition, likely intended as one of the substantial historical works produced to glorify the history of the French Monarchy. The large work was never produced, likely because the subject, Louis XIV, would not have suited Louis-Philippe, who had come to the throne following the July Revolution of 1830 but descended from Louis XIV's younger brother, the Duke of Orléans.
Private Collection, Chevy Chase, Maryland