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Lubin Baugin



Lubin Baugin was an obscure French Baroque painter from the 17th century. Born in 1612 in Pithiviers, he moved to Paris around 1629 to begin his artistic career. Finding success, the French Academié inducted him in 1651. Although no documentation of the event exists, he likely traveled to Italy to study art. Artists such as Guido Reni, Correggio, and Parmiaganino, who specialized in religious subjects, had a lasting influence on Baugin. His paintings consist of dramatic portrayals of Biblical scenes, specifically within the life of Christ. In works such as “The Holy Family with Infant St. John the Baptist,” he paints soft and ruddy figures with feathery golden hair and rich, colorful drapery, evocative of high Italian Renaissance style. A small number of still-life paintings now in the Louvre have been attributed to Baugin. However, scholars have recently questioned this attribution due to how dissimilar his religious works and still-life paintings are. His still-life scenes emulate the crisp clarity and cooler palettes of Dutch masters, such as in “Nature morte a l’echiquier.” From this evidence, scholars have concluded that the still-lifes belong to another artist with the same name. Lubin Baugin died in Paris on July 11, 1663.

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