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Jacques RIGAUD

Monday 29 February 2016, by Barbara Cogollos

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Jacques RIGAUD was born the 1st of May in 1680 and died the 10th of August in 1754.
He studied painting at Marseille (city in the south of France). He realised different engravings of copperplates named « Views ofMarseille » during an outbreak of plague. This event shocked him and makes him develop a rigorous and scientific style. He observes and catch details.

We know about 800 works of J. RIGAUD. After he studies in Marseille, he got specialized in castel views such as Marly, Saint-Cloud, Fontainebleau, Versailles...

He became famous for his royal commission named « Maison Royales de France » French royal household. This commission dominated an important part of his life, from 1730 until his death.

Rigaud’s work is often exhibited in the French museums such as Marly-le-Roi whom bought « Vue de l’abreuvoir de Marly » or Le Louvre, Carnavalet museum and National Library of France. For example, in 2007, Promenade de Marly museum organised the exhibiton name « Jacques RIGAUD, drawings and engravings ».

Our engravings are part of a royal commission, it’s number 26 « Versailles castle, seen from fountains » and number 43 « Versailles castle, seen from the stables ». Both are finely colored.

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