Charles and Henri Beaubrun, known as the Beaubrun brothers (attributed to)
Henri, born in Amboise, baptized on February 2, 1603 and died on May 17, 1677 in Paris, and his cousin Charles Beaubrun, born in Amboise, baptized on February 11, 1604 and died on January 16, 1692 in Paris.
"Lady of the Rose"
French School, 17th century.
Oil on canvas, oval view 37.5 cm x 30.5 cm.
19th century gilded stucco frame.
Painters of portraits at the court of kings Louis XIII then Louis XIV and specialized in portraits of the queens of France.
Charles is the grandson of Mathieu the Elder, and son of Mathieu the Younger, valet to the king, Charles Beaubrun studied painting with his uncle Louis, whom he trained at the same time as his cousin Henri with whom he collaborated constantly.
First a member of the Academy of Saint-Luc, Charles became a member of the Royal Academy on September 2, 1651; he will then be appointed professor and treasurer of this company.
Henri is the grandson of Mathieu the Elder and son of Henri, valet of the king's wardrobe, he was first appointed port-arquebuse to the king, then valet of the wardrobe on the death of his dad.
The two cousins ??live on rue des Deux-Ecus in Paris.
Their collaboration is such that it is impossible to differentiate the work of the two painters.
From a family that had always held positions at the Court, the Beaubruns were well regarded by Louis XIV, whose portrait they had painted at the age of eight days; at the same age, they will be that of the Grand Dauphin.
The king commissioned many portraits of ladies of the Court from them. In 1638 they were chosen by the English ambassador to paint the portrait of Anne of Austria. They also play the role of organizers of festivals, paint ephemeral decorations for entrances, such as the Queen's entry into Paris in 1660. When, in 1700, the Duke of Anjou was named King of Spain, he took a sort of gallery of family portraits, many of which were painted by the Beaubruns. Among these are that of Marie de Medici, painted after Champaigne or Rubens, those of Anne of Austria, the Grand Dauphin of France…; today in the collections of the Prado.
The Beaubruns had Martin Lambert as a pupil.
Museums: Chambéry: Portrait of a woman – Chantilly: Portrait of Madame de Longueville – Portrait of Mademoiselle de Longueville –
Madrid: (Prado Museum) Marie-Anne de Bourbon- Portrait of the Grand Dauphin of France-Portrait of Anne of Austria, as a widow
Montpellier: Portrait of Julie d'Angennes
Versailles: portrait of Marie-Thérèse, wife of Louis XIV.