L’artiste dans sa chambre à la Villa Médicis à Rome, c. 1814
One of the many pleasures of blogging Tigerloaf-style is the joy of discovering unexpected and unknown materials in the course of internet searches and researches. This exquisite little painting, found incidentally while searching for Watteau drawings on the Sotheby’s website, is a perfect example. We had never seen it before nor heard of the artist. Auguste Vinchon (17898-1855) is to our eyes a pretty ordinary manufacturer of grandes machines, very successful in his day and deservedly forgotten since. The charmingly simple image of the artist alone in his room, however, shows a fine sensibility; its few square inches worth more than all the dull yards of history spun out of a long, long-winded career.