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Jean-François COLSON

Jean-François COLSON (Dijon, 1733 - Paris, 1803).

Portrait "dit" of Chansonnier Charles-François Panard (1689-1765)


Painting.

80 x 63,5 cm.

Coming from :
- Madam Georges Duruy Collection, Paris, 1905.
- By lineage, personal collection, Paris.

Literature :
- Les Arts, 1905, n°45, p.1-2, reproduit (Portrait du chansonnier Panard, par Chardin)
- Jean Guiffrey et Armand Dayot, J.-B. Siméon Chardin, Paris, 1907, reproduit (Portrait de Panard, par Chardin), cat. 121, reproduit p. 45.
- Georges Wildenstein, Chardin, Paris, 1921, n°459, non reproduit (Portrait du chansonnier Panard, par Chardin)

Exhibitions :
- Chardin-Fragonard, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 1907 (d'après le feuilleton de la Presse, Paris, 16 juillet 1836).


"Redécouverte d'un chef-d'oeuvre de Colson" by Stéphane Pinta, expert from cabinet Turquin.


Jean-François Colson was the son of a painter; he has grown up with painting. Until his majority, he was the student of many teachers, over the course of his parents’ peregrination, in Dijon, Lyon, Grenoble, Avignon, Toulouse, or in Paris.

His paintings from when he was young brought back to the simplicity of Chardin’s work. During his first years careers, Colson’ customers was more diversified. We know from him portraits of courts people, bourgeois, ecclesiastics, soldiers, savants, literary mans, musicians, or actors. From 1771, he was hired in Godefroy Charles Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne’s service (Duke from Bouillon 1728-1792), for who he worked nearly exclusively as director and organizer of his buildings.

He has been elected at the Sciences Academy of Arts and Letters of Dijon, few months before his death, the 2nd of December 1802.


The painting model is a mature man, probably 60th, dressed with short hairstyle, in fashion during the 1750th. He is sat behind a desk, looking through a sheet music, surrounded by pages where we can read the inscription Chanson... Panard, as well as a book where the name "Chaulieu" have been carved on the back.

Regarding those indications, we can think that it is about the famous chansonnier Charles-François Panard (Courville-sur-Eure1689 - Paris 1765).

This painting was realised by Colson at 19 years old, and probably have been exposed many years after at the 1793 show, under the name of Citoyen Colson Père.