LA TOUR, Georges de
(b. 1593, Vic-sur-Seille, d. 1652, Luneville)
Magdalen of Night Light1640-45
Oil on canvas, 128 x 94 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
Magdalen was the object of great devotion in France and La Tour painted several pictures representing her.
Georges de La Tour was successful during his lifetime, however he remains somewhat mysterious. A journey to Italy during his youth before he settled at Lunéville, may explain his Caravaggism. Without much imagination, he has very personal colour effects; a fine red often recurs in the nocturnal atmosphere of his pictures, in which the long candle, often seen in transparence, lights up thick, voluntarily geometrical volumes, in the melancholy resignes loneliness of his models.