Pierre Patel the Elder

(Chauny 1605 – Paris 1676)

The poetry of his ruins in flooded fields, dotted with reeds and slender trees, is luminous and fresh. With his imaginary landscapes, Patel creates havens of peace that are made particularly endearing thanks to his great sensitivity to atmosphere. A friend and associate of Simon Vouet and afterwards of Eustache Le Sueur, he worked on some of the most prestigious decors of his time, such as the Hôtel Lambert. He developed a style that fits perfectly with what is called Parisian Atticism.