Guillaume Taraval

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White Sea, ceiling painting fresco by Guillaume Thomas Taraval, depicted on postcard

Guillaume Thomas Taraval (21 December 1701 – April 1750) was a Swedish painter of French descent.[1]

Taraval first came to Sweden in 1732 and was mainly active in the Stockholm Palace. He produced a series of elegant ceiling paintings and introduced the Rococo decorative style to Sweden. He also painted portraits, altarpieces and still lifes, and prepared sketches for a chandelier in the chapel, which was then completed by his disciple John Pasch. He also played a major part in the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts, becoming its first director on its foundation in 1735. His son was the architect and painter Louis Gustave Taraval.



  • Carl G. Laurin, Konsthistoria, Stockholm, 1919
  • * This article incorporates text translated from the corresponding Swedish Wikipedia article.

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