(Paris 1720 - Paris c.1800)
A Young Boy Standing
Signed and dated Louis Aubert f. 1745 at the lower left.
275 x 186 mm. (10 7/8 x 7 3/8 in.) [sight]
Some forty drawings by Louis Aubert are known today, several of which bear dates between 1742 and 1749, and examples are in the collections of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Musée Condé in Chantilly, the Louvre in Paris and the Albertina in Vienna, as well as in the Horvitz Collection in Cambridge, MA.
At the same time as he was working as an artist, Aubert seems to have continued his musical career, both at the orchestra of the Opéra and at court, where he was a member of the string ensemble known as the Vingt-quatre violons du roi. He also published a number of violin sonatas. Aubert’s artistic activity seems to have ended by 1755, when he was installed as first violin at the Opéra, from which position he retired in 1771. Three years later he was awarded a yearly pension of 1,365 livres from the Maison du roi. Although he was still receiving this pension in 1790, the precise date of his death remains unknown.