Friday, March 2, 2012

Court, Joseph-Désiré

Rigolette Seeks To Distract Herself During The Absence Of Germain
 (Rigolette cherchant à se distraire en l'absence de Germain)
oil on canvas
112 x 80cm
Musée des beaux-arts de Rouen, France

Joseph-Désiré Court (1797–1865), museum director and a painter of historical subjects and portraits, was born at Rouen in France.
He was strongly in demand as a portrait painter in aristocratic circles and at court, especially for his paintings that placed their subject in a fantastical scene.

His exhibition of the 'The Death of Caesar', a work manifesting earnest thought and a conscientious handling of the facts of history at the Salon in Paris in 1827, proved a sensational success and high expectations were formed of him.
Having shown himself in that painting and other works a vigorous painter, capable of seizing a subject with a masterly grasp, and having also in the region of portrait painting proved himself an artist of no common merit, he eventually dissipated his talents in the production of a series of empty official pictures painted by order of Louis Philippe.

This painting (Rigolette cherchant à se distraire en l'absence de Germain) was based on a popular serial novel by Eugene Sue called Les Mysteres de Paris.