Thomas Grabuset

(fl. 1453)

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(b Auxonne; fl 1453; d?1483).

Burgundian painter. He was the son of Jean Grabuset, a painter of Besançon, and his brothers and nephew were also painters; like him, they settled in Provence. He may have been trained in the workshop of Guillaume Dombet, as he is first mentioned as a witness for him in Avignon in 1453. Thomas Grabuset settled in Beaucaire in 1456 and was evidently esteemed in the Avignon region, for he worked for such wealthy patrons as King René I of Naples, the Duke of Anjou, the executors of Cardinal Pierre de Foix and the magistrates of Avignon. His activity was varied: he painted sculpture and supplied stained glass, decorations and altarpieces. He produced altarpieces for Ste Marthe (1456) and for the Franciscan church (1457), both in Tarascon; he completed an altarpiece begun by Aubry Dombet for Arnaud de Montjoie (1465); and he delivered panels for an inhabitant of Baux-de-Provence (1466), for the Dominican church in Arles (1470) and for the church of Caromb (1481). None of these can be identified, although it has been suggested that an equestrian St George (1.35×0.65 m) in Caromb Church, Vaucluse, formed part of the last work. Other attributions to Grabuset are purely hypothetical: the Pietà of Tarascon (c. 1456–7; Paris, Mus. Cluny) and SS John the Baptist and Francis with Two Donors Contemplating the Bare Cross, the so-called Pérussis Altarpiece (1480; New York, Met.).

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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