Francois Clouet Painting Reproductions Gallery 1 of 4

c.1510-1572

French Mannerist Painter

Francois Clouet (c. 1510 – 22 December 1572) son of Jean Clouet, was a French Renaissance miniaturist and painter, particularly known for his detailed portraits of the French ruling family.

Clouet was born in Tours.
The earliest reference to him is a document dated December 1541, in which the king renounces for the benefit of Francois his father's estate, which had escheated to the crown as the estate of a foreigner. In this document, the younger Clouet is said to have followed his father very closely in his art. Like his father, he held the office of groom of the chamber and painter in ordinary to the king, and so far as salary is concerned, he started where his father left off. Many drawings are attributed to this artist, often without perfect certainty. There is, however, more to go upon than there is in the case of his father.

As the praises of Francois Clouet were sung by the writers of the day, his name was carefully preserved from reign to reign, and there is an ancient and unbroken tradition in the attribution of many of his pictures. There are not, however, any original attestations of his works, nor are any documents known which would guarantee the ascriptions usually accepted. To him are attributed the portraits of Francis I at the Uffizi and at the Louvre, and various drawings relating to them. He probably also painted the portrait of Catherine de Medici at Versailles and other works, and in all probability a large number of the drawings ascribed to him were from his hand. One of his most remarkable portraits is that of Mary, queen of Scots, a drawing in chalks in the Bibliotheque Nationale, and of similar character are the two portraits of Charles IX and the one at Chantilly of Marguerite of France. Perhaps his masterpiece is the portrait of Elizabeth of Austria in the Louvre.

He resided in Paris in the rue de Ste Avoye in the Temple quarter, close to the Hotel de Guise, and in 1568 is known to have been under the patronage of Claude Gouffier de Boisy, Seigneur d'Oiron, and his wife Claude de Baune. Another ascertained fact concerning Francois Clouet is that in 1571 he was summoned to the office of the Court of the Mint, and his opinion was taken on the likeness to the king of a portrait struck by the mint. He prepared the death-mask of Henry II, as in 1547 he had taken a similar mask of the face and hands of Francis I., in order that the effigy to be used at the funeral might be prepared from his drawings; and on each of these occasions he executed the painting to be used in the decorations of the church and the banners for the great ceremony.

Several miniatures are believed to be his work, one very remarkable portrait being the half-length figure of Henry II in the collection of J. Pierpont Morgan. Another of his portraits is that of the duc d'Alencon in the Jones collection at South Kensington, and certain representations of members of the royal family which were in the Hamilton Palace collection and the Magniac sale are usually ascribed to him. He died on the 22nd of December 1572, shortly after the massacre of St Bartholomew, and his will, mentioning his sister and his two illegitimate daughters, and dealing with the disposition of a considerable amount of property, is still in existence. His daughters subsequently became nuns.

His work is remarkable for the extreme accuracy of the drawing, the elaborate finish of all the details, and the exquisite completeness of the whole portrait. He must have been a man of high intelligence, and of great penetration, intensely interested in his work, and with considerable ability to represent the character of his sitter in his portraits. His coloring is perhaps not specially remarkable, nor from the point of style can his pictures be considered especially beautiful, but in perfection of drawing he has hardly any equal.

86 Francois Clouet Paintings

Head of a Man, 1566 by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Head of a Man 1566

Oil Painting
$1773
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5873
Francois Clouet
Original Size: 11.4 x 8.2 cm
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts, USA

Portrait of Charles IX, c.1572/73 by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Charles IX c.1572/73

Oil Painting
$1966
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5874
Francois Clouet
Original Size: unknown
Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

Portrait of a Woman, undated by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of a Woman undated

Oil Painting
$1648
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5875
Francois Clouet
Original Size: 8.8 x 8.8 cm
Stadel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany

Portrait of Francois Hercule de France Duc d'Alencon, undated by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Francois Hercule de France Duc d'Alencon undated

Oil Painting
$2002
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5876
Francois Clouet
Original Size: 33 x 25 cm
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Portrait of Henri II King of France, 1547 by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Henri II King of France 1547

Oil Painting
$2439
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5877
Francois Clouet
Original Size: 43 x 27 cm
Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

Portrait of Anne de Montmorency Constable and Marshal of France, undated by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Anne de Montmorency Constable and ... undated

Oil Painting
$1759
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5878
Francois Clouet
Original Size: 31 x 21 cm
Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

Portrait of Elisabeth of Austria, 1571 by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Elisabeth of Austria 1571

Oil Painting
$2774
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5879
Francois Clouet
Original Size: 31 x 22 cm
Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

Portrait of Odet de Coligny Cardinal of Chatillon, 1548 by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Odet de Coligny Cardinal of Chatillon 1548

Oil Painting
$3340
Canvas Print
$59.04
SKU: CLF-5880
Francois Clouet
Original Size: unknown
Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

Mary Queen of Scots, c.1559 by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Mary Queen of Scots c.1559

Oil Painting
$1125
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5881
Francois Clouet
Original Size: 31.7 x 23.5 cm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

Portrait of Henry VI of England, undated by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Henry VI of England undated

Oil Painting
$2031
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5882
Francois Clouet
Original Size: unknown
Eton College, Windsor, United Kingdom

Portrait of Catherine de Medici, undated by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Catherine de Medici undated

Oil Painting
$1648
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5883
Francois Clouet
Original Size: unknown
Musee Carnavalet, Paris, France

Jacqueline de Rohan Duchesse de Longueville, undated by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Jacqueline de Rohan Duchesse de Longueville undated

Oil Painting
$1823
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5884
Francois Clouet
Original Size: unknown
Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France

Jeanne III d'Albret Queen of Navarre, 1570 by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Jeanne III d'Albret Queen of Navarre 1570

Oil Painting
$2914
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5885
Francois Clouet
Original Size: unknown
Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

Francois Duc d'Alencon, 1561 by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Francois Duc d'Alencon 1561

Oil Painting
$2017
SKU: CLF-5886
Francois Clouet
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Portrait of Charles IX, undated by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Charles IX undated

Oil Painting
$3000
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5887
Francois Clouet
Original Size: 30 x 16.5 cm
Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

 Portrait of Catherine de Medici, c.1555 by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Catherine de Medici c.1555

Oil Painting
$1701
Paper Print
$46.18
SKU: CLF-5888
Francois Clouet
Original Size: 6 x 4.4 cm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

Portrait of Pierre Quthe, 1562 by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Pierre Quthe 1562

Oil Painting
$2774
Canvas Print
$67.12
SKU: CLF-5889
Francois Clouet
Original Size: 91 x 70 cm
Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Henry VI of England, undated by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Henry VI of England undated

Oil Painting
$1648
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5890
Francois Clouet
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henri II (A Lady in Her Bath), c.1571 by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henri II (A Lady ... c.1571

Oil Painting
$4001
Canvas Print
$64.54
SKU: CLF-5891
Francois Clouet
Original Size: 92.1 x 81.3 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Marguerite de Valois, c.1572 by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Marguerite de Valois c.1572

Oil Painting
$1920
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5892
Francois Clouet
Original Size: 39 x 29 cm
Musee Crozatier, Le Puy-en-Velay, France

Portrait of Francois II, c.1553 by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of Francois II c.1553

Oil Painting
$1920
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5893
Francois Clouet
Original Size: 29.5 x 22 cm
Musee Conde, Chantilly, France

Madame de Valentinois, undated by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Madame de Valentinois undated

Oil Painting
$1701
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5894
Francois Clouet
Original Size: unknown
Galleries and Museums, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Portrait of a Young Man, Undated by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Portrait of a Young Man Undated

Oil Painting
$1995
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5895
Francois Clouet
Original Size: unknown
Private Collection

Mary Queen of Scots in White Mourning, 1561 by Francois Clouet | Painting Reproduction

Mary Queen of Scots in White Mourning 1561

Oil Painting
$1548
Canvas Print
$48.49
SKU: CLF-5896
Francois Clouet
Original Size: 32.9 x 27.4 cm
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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