Gerard de Lairesse

An Artist betweeen Stage and Studio

Lyckle de Vries

Gerard de Lairesse
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Lyckle de Vries

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112 pages | richly illustrated | 6-1/4 x 9-1/2 | © 2002
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9789053562505 Published June 2002 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This book responds to a growing appreciation of the oeuvre and ideas of the classicist painter Gerard de Lairesse (1640-1711). It offers an accessible introduction to his life and work, with special attention to the historical and artistic context of the late seventeenth-century Dutch Republic. After the death of Rembrandt, de Lairesse became one of the most popular painters of the Republic. After losing his eyesight in 1690, he wrote two influential works on drawing and painting: The Foundations of Drawing and The Large Painting Book. De Lairesse was also a member of the theater discussion society 'Nil volentibus arduum', and famous for his decors for the Amsterdam City Theater. The variety of pursuits which made up De Lairesse's career are presented in colorful detail.

Part One: De Lairesse's Place in Dutch Painting
1. Gerard de Lairesse, Artist and Author
2. About Classicism
3. About Style
4. The Advent of Classicism in the Netherlands
5. The Example of Maerten de Vos
6. Main Characteristics of Classicism
7. Classicism in the North -- Haarlem, Utrecht, The Hague
8. Classicism in the North -- Amsterdam
9. Gerard de Lairesse in Amsterdam
10. The Hof van Holland
11. Two Companions
Part Two: "Grondlegginge" and "Schilderboek"
1. Sources and Examples -- French Publications
2. Sources and Examples -- Dutch Publications
3. Sources and Examples -- Personal Contacts
4. Character and Content of the "Schilderboek"
Part Three: Theatre as the Realisation of De Lairesse's Ideals
1. "Groot Schilderboek" and Nil Volentibus Arduum
2. The Stage Sets
3. The Prints for Nil and Andries Pels
4. Costumes, Gestures, and Facial Expressions
Concluding Remarks
List of Illustrations
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