Canvas rentoilée of 81 cm by 65 cm
Frame of 100 cm by 83 cm
French School under Louis XV around 1730-1740, workshop of Yacinthe Rigaud (1659-1743)
This remarkable portrait was made in the 30s under Louis XV. As in many of Rigaud's works from that period, there is a blue velvet veil lined with silk, a silk brocade dress with silver highlights and, of course, remarkably fine lace, like the rest. , by the artist.
Yacinthe Rigaud (1659-1743)
Hyacinthe Rigaud, born in Perpignan on July 18, 1659 and died in Paris on December 29, 1743, is a French painter, specialized in portraiture. Born in the former province of Catalonia (his real name was in Catalan Jacint Rigau-Ros i Serra), he will make the majority of his career in Paris. Noticed by Louis XIV that he paints in a now famous portrait, Hyacinthe Rigaud becomes very courted by all the nobility of France and Europe, while keeping a loyal regional and local clientele.
The young Hyacinthe Rigaud perfected with Paul Pezet from 1673 in Montpellier (he copies the beautiful models that included the workshop), he also frequent Ranc The former and then Lyon four years later.
It was in these two cities that he became acquainted with Flemish, Dutch and Italian painting, that of the Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt or Titian, whose works he later collected.
Arrived in Paris in 1681, he won the Prix de Rome in 1682, but did not travel to Rome, on the advice of Charles Le Brun. Received at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in 1700, he rose through the ranks of this institution until his resignation in 1735.
According to the French art writer Louis Hourticq, "Rigaud, in dying, leaves a gallery of great people with whom our imagination now inhabits the Hall of Mirrors; Rigaud is necessary to the glory of Louis XIV and he participates in this radiation of a reign of which he has fixed the majesty. True "photographs", faces that Diderot described as "letters of recommendation written in a language common to all men".
The paintings of Rigaud now populate the largest museums in the world. His work is considerable, more than 1500 known to date. The artist was able to count on a workshop rich of big names of the painting so Jean Ranc, Marc Nattier, Jean the Gros, Robert of Tournière ... and many others (more than thirty during all the period).