Pygmalion and Galatea by Louis Gauffier

Beautifully preserved and in its original frame, this picture was the first French neo-classical work to enter the Manchester Art Gallery.


Oil on canvas
66 x 51 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,500 ( Total: £10,500)
Acquired in:
Hazlitt, Gooden and Fox

Gauffier won the Grand Prix in 1784 and settled in Rome, moving to Florence in 1793. Here he was much patronised in British and Russian expatriate circles, and painted many small portraits and conversation pieces, both in interiors and the open air. As a history painter he worked in the purest tradition of the neo-classical period, the present picture, which was painted in Florence, being an excellent example. However, he also painted landscapes from nature in a much freer style which anticipates the great landscape painters of the 19th century.

Venue details

Manchester Art Gallery Mosley Street, MANCHESTER Greater Manchester M2 3JL 0161 235 8888

Entry details

Free to all
Offers with National Art Pass

Daily, 10am – 5pm (Thu until 9pm) Closed 24, 25 Dec, Good Friday