LA TOUR, Georges de
(b. 1593, Vic-sur-Seille, d. 1652, Luneville)

Magdalen with the Smoking Flame

c. 1640
Oil on canvas, 117 x 92 cm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Around 1620 a group of young French painters developed interesting derivations from works by Caravaggio. Among these we find Georges de la Tour. In his canvases he adopted the strong light and shade contrasts characteristics of Caravaggio's school, although in his chiaroscuro effects he preferred the Nordic tenebrosi's use of artificial light, such as candles and torches, which produces a dazzling effect and creates a more transcendental atmosphere that does not include the supernatural.