17th Century Ink Drawing Of Louis the XIV followed by his officers by Adam François VAN DER MEULEN
This sketch was probably drawn as a project for an oil painting.
The scene is lively and rendered with rapid strokes of ink.
The king is seen on the right hand side riding ahead of his party.
The officers and gentlemen riding behind him on their prancing horses show sophisticated coats and wigs.
The strokes are wonderfully well applied giving a incredible liveliness to the scene and to the mounts!
Adam François VAN DER MEULEN was born in 1632 in Brussels and passed away in Paris in 1690.
He was a Baroque painter that had studied under Pieter Snayers a Flemish painter specialized in battle scenes.
In 1666 he was called to Paris by Colbert at the request of Charles Le Brun, the court painter, to fill the post of battle painter to Louis XIV.
His paintings of the campaigns in Flanders done in 1667, so delighted the Sun King that he ordered Van Der Meulen to be present in each of his campaigns..
Van Der Meulen also made cartoons for the Gobelins tapestries depicting Louis the XIV’s military career.
In 1673 he was received at the French Academy of fine arts and passed away in Paris in 1690.
This lively Ink rendering was acquired in Paris in June 2019.
The drawing measures 5 inches high by 8 inches long.
The frame measures 10.5 inches high by 13 inches long.