Thursday, March 1, 2012

Raoux, Jean

Young Woman Reading a Letter (Jeune femme lisant une lettre)
oil on canvas
31.9 x 39.0 inch (81 x 99 cm)
Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

Jean Raoux (1677–1734), French painter, was born at Montpellier.
His reputation had been previously established by the credit of decorations executed during his three years in Italy on the palace of Giustiniani Solini at Venice, and by some easel paintings commissioned by the grand prior of Vendôme.
Raoux's paintings on classical and literary themes display the light, cheerful atmosphere of the fêtes galantes invented by Jean-Antoine Watteau.  Raoux painted numerous portraits, both conventional formal representations and women as mythological figures. In his smaller portraits and genre subjects, he often treated light in a manner reminiscent of Rembrandt van Rijn.