Arnould de Vuez
Arnould de Vuez (1644, Saint-Omer - 1720) was a painter of Flemish origin active in Lille from 1695 to 1720.
Family and training
Arnould de Vuez was born into a minor family in Saint-Omer - his father served as a soldier in order to feed his 8 children. Arnould left his birthplace for Paris to perfect his painting technique in the studio of Luc, a Récollet monk. He then moved to live with his uncle, a canon at Venice then Rome, where he won first prize for drawing at the Accademia di San Luca.
Back in Paris, Arnould was under the protection of Charles Le Brun at the court of Louis XIV. A may at Notre Dame de Paris commissioned Arnould to paint "The Incredulity of St Thomas", held since the French Revolution at the primatiale st Jean de Lyon. On Lebrun's death Arnould established himself in Lille for fifty years, and the town was to offer him many opportunities. Since its conquest by Louis XIV the town was newly being redeveloped (Vauban built the citadel there) and Arnould de Vuez received commissions from religious institutions in the town and its surroundings, including the Hospice Comtesse and the Carmelites at Lille, the Carmelites at Douai, the Benedictines at Marchiennes and the Jesuits at Cambrai. His style was strongly influenced by the Italian Renaissance and the sense of colour in Flemish artists like Rubens and Anthony van Dyck.
- Allegory of the alliance of the dauphin of France with Maria Anna of Bavaria, Louvre, oil on canvas, de Vuez's academy piece
- Saint Zita, oil on canvas (c 1696), Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille
- Incredulity of St Thomas, oil on canvas, Primatiale st Jean de Lyon
- Saint Cecilia accompanied by three angel musicians, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille
- Adoration of the shepherds, oil on canvas, Eglise saint Etienne, Lille
- Mourning Virgin, oil on canvas, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille
- St Francis of Assisi receiving the stigmata, oil on canvas, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille
- Baldwin V of Hainaut and Marguerite d'Alsace, oil on canvas, Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse, Lille
- Charles the Bold, oil on canvas, Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse, Lille
- Charity, oil on canvas, Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse, Lille
- Faith, oil on canvas, Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse, Lille
- Martyrdom of Saint Ursula, oil on canvas, Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse, Lille
- Presentation of the Virgin, oil on canvas, tableau du maitre hotel Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse, Lille
- Assumption of the Virgin, oil on canvas, Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse, Lille
- Mary of Burgundy, wife of Maximilian I of Austria, oil on canvas, Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse, Lille
- an important collection of drawings from his studio is divided between the musée des beaux arts de Lille and the musée de l'hospice Comtesse de Lille (around 200 drawings).