Shepherd and Shepherdess (or Pilgrims) after Alexis Grimou
Rare to find the pair of paintings, rather than a single. Each oil on canvas presented in an elaborately carved and gilded Italian ‘Renaissance’ style frame. Both handsome young sitters gaze directly at the artist; likely Italian copies from the early 19thC.
Alexis Grimou (24 May 1678 – 1733) was a French painter. He was never an apprentice in a studio. His father had been a Swiss guard at Versailles. He trained himself by copying works of Van Dyck and Rembrandt. He painted mainly spirited portraits or portrait scenes, such as women singing and playing musical instruments. He was admitted to the Academy of Paris in 1705, but resigned complaining about the mediocrity of his peers. He then joined the Academy of St. Luke in Rome, where he was admitted in 1709. The original paintings of the shepherd and shepherdess, (or pilgrims) are in the Ufizzi Museum in Florence.
Dimensions of the canvas: 32″H (81cm) x 24″W (61cm)