Gaspard Rigaud (1661; 1705) signed. Rare Pair of portraits
Original canvas for the female portrait with the inscription on the back:
"Rigaud le Jeune" in 1698.
Re-lined canvas for the male portrait, cm 83 by 65 cm
Very beautiful period frames in good condition use of 107 cm by 102 cm
I thank Mr. Stephan Perreau for his confirmation
Gaspard Rigaud's pairs are rare, the Rigaud museum in Perpignan has had one for a short time. Gaspard is inspired by his brother Hyacinthe in his portraits while having developed his own style with in particular expressions of melancholy and good-naturedness in the faces.
Gaspard Rigaud (1661; 1705)
Gaspard Rigaud is the younger brother of Hyacinthe Rigaud. His beginnings are still poorly known and we find him for the first time in Paris on January 27, 1692, when he married Marguerite Caillot. Three children were born from this union: the first, Hyacinthe (1693-1738), was godfathered by his homonymous uncle. . He dies without issue. A second daughter was born in 1695 but died shortly before 1707. The last, Marguerite Élisabeth (1697-1743), married her second godfather, the painter Jean Ranc, on July 17, 1715. In 1695, Gaspard officially entered his brother's workshop to help him with his overwork. Indeed, Hyacinthe met with considerable success following the production of a portrait of Louis XIV known today as the 1695 version repeated many times by the workshop until 1726. Gaspard began by making eleven copies, nine draperies and a head, and sometimes receives sixty pounds for a single copy. In 1698, he earned nearly 425 pounds for his whole year, twice as much as the painter Jean le Gros. But the young Rigaud aims for emancipation and works for the Parisian bourgeoisie. His portraits, less expensive than those of his brother, are courted. Gaspard paints with the same archetypes as Hyacinthe. He then went to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture where he was received on July 30, 1701. He was then asked for the portraits of the painters Raon and Charles Coypel. He does not have the opportunity to realize them because he dies suddenly at his home. Hyacinthe Rigaud will specify, from his first will, to want to be buried next to his brother whom he loved very much. His inventory after death reveals that he left nearly 250 sketches and 28 unfinished portraits, attesting to his full creative activity. Few attested portraits of Gaspard are known. They are mostly in private collections and in museums, notably the Hyacinthe Rigaud museum in Perpignan.