Hyacinthe Rigaud

1659-1743 France/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Hyacinthe Rigaud was born at Perpignan in 1663. His initial instruction was from his painter father, who unfortunately died when he was eight. He later studied under Antoine Ranc in Montpellier, and in 1681 he moved to Paris, where he won the Prix de Rome but was advised not to avail of it by Charles Le Brun and to concentrate on portraiture. Sir Anthony Van Dyck influenced him in particular, and he achieved considerable success as a fashionable portraitist. Rembrandt, of whom he had seven of his paintings, also influenced some of his works. In 1702 Rigaud was an assistant professor, and in 1710, made professor. Foreign Princes sat for him, and he became the principal painter to Louis XIV. Louis XV bestowed on him the order of Saint Michael and a large pension in 1727. His portraits' only criticism was regarding his draperies, stating that they were set too unnaturally erratic and distract from the sitter.

 

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Louis
XIV

Louis The Fourteenth

Louis
XIV

Louis The Fourteenth

Self-
portrait

Self-portrait in a Turban

Antonio
of Monaco

Antonio The First-Prince of Monaco

Count
Sinzendorf

Countb Sinzendorf

Everhard
Jabach

Everhard Jabach

Jaques
Bossuet

Jaques Benigne Bossuet

Jacques
Bossuet

Jacques Benigne Bossuet

Christ on
the Cross

Christ on the Cross

Phillippe
d'Courcillon

Phillippe de Courcillon

Gaspard
de Gueidan

Gaspard de Gueidan Playing the Musette

Pierre
Drevet

Pierre Drevet

Louis
XV

Louis The Fifteenth


Artist-s
Mother

Portrait of the Artist-s Mother