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High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

The Bon Vivant Back in the Hermitage
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The Bon Vivant Back in the Hermitage

(Irina Sokolova) The Low Countries - 2018, № 26, pp. 18-21

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The life of the painting The Bon Vivant (De vrolijke drinker), by Louis de Moni (1698-1771), has been quite eventful. During the lifetime of the Dutch master, at the start of the 1760s this work in cabinet format was purchased for the collection of Catherine the Great. During the Russian Revolution of 1917, which brought radical change to the rule of the land and in all segments of society, the painting was moved, then sold. It seemed lost for a long time. In 2015, The Bon Vivant emerged at the Rafael Valls art gallery and dealers in London. Not long after, the painting was bought by the State Hermitage Museum from a Russian art dealer.

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