LE SUEUR, Eustache
(b. 1616/17, Paris, d. 1655, Paris)

Presentation of the Virgin

c. 1641
Oil on canvas, 103 x 102 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

This painting is full of reminiscences of Simon Vouet, the teacher of Le Sueur, in fact the composition was inspired by a painting of Vouet. But it shows also the strong influence of Nicolas Poussin, and it has also features which are more individual. The types are still those of the master, but the modeling is firmer and the design slightly more rigid and classical.




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