Pygmalion et Galatée by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson
Pygmalion et Galatée by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson

Pygmalion et Galatée

Pygmalion et Galatée c1819 by French Painter Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson (1767 – 1824); was a student of Jacques-Louis David (you can see some of his artwork in the collection) and was part of the early Romantic Movement. He is noted for his clear and precise style and for paintings of the Napoleonic family.

This artwork based on the Greek Mythology of Pygmalion et Galatée, show Pygmalion in state of surprise and reaching toward the statue Galatée as she has come to life with Cupid floating between them, with a mist of clouds in the background as they stand on temple ground.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

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After the usual course of training Jean Raoux became a member of the Academy in 1717 as an historical painter.

His reputation had been previously established by the acclaimed decorations executed during his three years in Italy on the palace of Giustiniani Solini in Venice, and by some easel paintings, the Four Ages of Man (National Gallery), commissioned by the grand prior of Vendôme.

To this latter class of subject Raoux devoted himself, refusing to paint portraits except in character.

The list of his works is a long series of sets of the Seasons, of the Hours, of the Elements, or of those scenes of amusement and gallantry in the representation of which he was immeasurably surpassed by his younger rival Watteau.

After his stay in England (1720) he lived much in the Temple, where he decorated several rooms. He died in Paris in 1734. His best pupils were Chevalier and Montdidier. His works were much engraved by Poilly, Moyreau, Dupuis,and others.

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