Jean Gregorian (French, circa 1909)
Allegory of Lost Empire
Oil on canvas
Signed, inscribed and dated ‘J GREGORIAN / Paris 1909’ (lower right)
43 x 66.1/2 in. (109.3 x 169 cm.)
Provenance: Christies Paris 19th September 2017 This large, classical scene of grand proportions has many iconographical signifiers relating to the passage of time such as the tortoise, the ruins of the acropolis beyond and the vandalised statues behind the weeping maiden. The composition is embued in colour of the flowers and sunset perhaps relating to the shoots of recovery, contrasting the sombre mood. The compass and set square by the maiden relate Freemasonry but maybe more identifiable with the architecture beyond. It is unclear whether the artist was a Freemason.