Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jacques-Raymond Brascassat

A goatherder and his flock in an Italianate landscape
oil on canvas
38 x 47cm
location unknown

Jacques-Raymond Brascassat (1804-1867) devoted himself to animal painting, in which his reputation as an artist was made. He was remarkable for his accuracy of observation and correct drawing.

He was born in, Bordeaux, France. After studying in his home town, he attended L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1825 his painting won a Prix de Rome. A special award from King Charles X enabled him then to travel to Italy where he stayed from 1826-1829. Here he painted a number of landscapes and mythological works.

On his return to France, he continued to produce landscapes and historical subjects, before turning almost exclusively to animal painting. Critical acclaim followed in the early 1830s and 1840s, until his style became eclipsed. He was elected a member of the Institute in 1846.