Jacques-Laurent Agasse

Switzerland animal and landscape painter, 1767-1849
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Jacques-Laurent Agasse : The Nubian Giraffe
1827 Oil on canvas, The Royal Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
Jacques-Laurent Agasse : The Flower Seller
1822 Oil on canvas, Oskar Reinhart Foundation, Winterthur, Switzerland
Jacques-Laurent Agasse : Landing at Westminster Bridge
1818 Oil on canvas, Oskar Reinhart Foundation, Winterthur, Switzerland
Jacques-Laurent Agasse : The Last Stage on the Portsmouth Road
1815 Oil on canvas, Oskar Reinhart Foundation, Winterthur, Switzerland
Jacques-Laurent Agasse : Lord Rivers' Groom Leading a Chestnut Hunter towards a Coursing Party in Hampshire
1807 Oil on canvas, 25 7/8 x 24 1/2 inches (66 x 62.5 cm), Tate Gallery, London, England
Jacques-Laurent Agasse : White Horse in Pasture
1806 - 1807 Oil on canvas, Oskar Reinhart Foundation, Winterthur, Switzerland
Jacques-Laurent Agasse : Rolla and Portia
1805 Oil on canvas, 60 5/8 x 48 3/8 inches (154 x 123 cm), Musee d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland
Jacques-Laurent Agasse : Two Hunters with a Groom
c.1805 Oil on canvas, 25 x 29 7/8 inches (63.8 x 75.9 cm), Tate Gallery, London, England
Jacques-Laurent Agasse : Departure to the Hunt
1782 - 1849 Oil on canvas, 26 3/4 x 31 7/8 inches (68 x 81 cm), Musee d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland
Jacques-Laurent Agasse : Two Goats
1782 - 1849 Oil on canvas, 6 x 12 7/8 inches (15.5 x 33 cm), Public collection
Jacques-Laurent Agasse : A Grey Arab Stallion In A Wooded Landscape
Oil on canvas 35 x 44 1/2 inches (88.90 x 113.03 cm), Private collection
Jacques-Laurent Agasse : Lord Rivers' Roan mare In A Landscape
Oil on canvas 24 x 29 inches (61 x 73.7 cm) Private collection
Jacques-Laurent Agasse : Inside the Stable (Stallinneres)
Oil on canvas 8 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches (22.5 x 27.5 cm) Private collection
Jacques-Laurent Agasse : The Playground
1830 Oil on canvas, Oskar Reinhart Foundation, Winterthur, Switzerland
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Jacques-Laurent Agasse (April 24, 1767 - December 27, 1849) was an animal and landscape painter from Switzerland.

Born at Geneva, Agasse studied in the public art school of that city. Before he turned twenty he went to Paris to study in veterinary school to make himself fully acquainted with the anatomy of horses and other animals. He seems to have subsequently returned to Switzerland. The Tübinger Morgenblatt (1808, p. 876) says that "Agasse, the celebrated animal painter, now in England, owed his fortune to an accident. About eight years ago, he being then in Switzerland, a rich Englishman asked him to paint his favourite dog which had died. The Englishman was so pleased with his work that he took the painter to England with him."

Nagler says that he was one of the most celebrated animal painters at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century. In Meusel's Neue Miscellaneen (viii. 1052 et seq.), he compares Agasse and Wouvermans, wholly in favour of the former. In that partial article much is said of his extreme devotion to art, of his marvelous knowledge of anatomy, of his special fondness for the English racehorses, and his excellence in depicting them. He appears first in the Academy catalogues in 1801 as the exhibitor of the 'Portrait of a Horse', and continued to exhibit more or less until 1845 (contradicting Nagler's statement that he died "about" 1806).

In the catalogues his name is given as J.L. Agasse or Agassé. The number of times Agasse changed his address confirms Redgrave's assertion that "he lived poor and died poor". The writer of the panegyric already quoted says, however, that he did not work for money, but that he was urged forward by the resistless force of natural genius.



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