Georges de la Tour, of Lorraine, 1593-1652

Georges de la Tour, of Lorraine, 1593-1652

Georges de la Tour, of Lorraine, 1593-1652

Georges de la Tour, of Lorraine, 1593-1652

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This book was begun and much of the preparatory work was done, as a labour of love, long before the disaster to France. That, and other things, held it up for more than a year. It was hard to know how to continue, but finally I decided to write to the end, as an act of faith, as though pre-war conditions were unchanged.

My original desire and hope was to make a great French painter and his work better known to an English public; it became my further hope that this record, as exact and complete as I could make it, might be of some help in tracing pictures, lost, stolen or strayed during the years of war. The only one that I now know to have gone to Germany is the earlier Madeleine repentante (à la veilleuse), former owner C. Terff, which was to have been bought by the Louvre, but was "acquired" in 1941 by the Museum of Cologne. It was hoped that this picture would be recovered.

My grateful thanks are due to my friends for their interest and confidence, maintained through years of delay. And in particular to Mr. Charles Johnson of the National Gallery, for constant support and encouragement without which I could hardly have carried through my ambitious enterprise: to Mlle Bertin- Mourot, niece of M. Paul Jamot, who not only has given me much-valued advice and information, but, with great generosity, gave up her intention of publishing her English translation of M. Jamot notes as collected and edited by herself, in order to leave a clear field for my work: to M. F.-G. Pariset, who gave me my first order, a most heartening encouragement at a moment when work on the book was temporarily at a standstill: and to my friend Miss Denise Dixon for the priceless gift of her skilled typing, which has helped me more than I can say.

I wish also to express my gratitude to M. René Huyghe, Directeur des Musées Nationaux, for permission to reproduce from photographs published by him in L'Amour de l'Art; to M. André Fabius, and to Mr. Percy Moore Turner, for photographs, together with the right of reproduction, of pictures owned by them; and to M. Jean Floury, who gave me for reproduction, through Mlle Bertin- Mourot, photographs that he possessed of several pictures, which I had not been able to obtain.

June, 1946.

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