Hugues Taraval

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The Triumph of Amphitrite by Hughes Taraval, Mead Art Museum, 1780

Hughes Taraval (1729 - 1785) was a French painter.

Taraval was initially a pupil of Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre and Charles-André van Loo. In 1756, he won the Prix de Rome with Job mocked by his wife, now in the Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille. In Rome he was a pupil of Charles-Joseph Natoire at the Académie française. Admitted to the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture (Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture) in 1765, he was received there in 1769. His reception piece is a Triumph of Bacchus, one of the elements of the ceiling of the Galerie d'Apollon in the Louvre. As a painter and decorator he worked at the Château de Bellevue, France in Meudon (1767), the École Militaire (Military School) of Paris (1773), the Collège de France (1777), the Château de Marly (1781), and the Palace of Fontainebleau (1781).


  • Riot (Delphine), Hugues Taraval: a state of the art, Master Thesis, University of Lille III, Lille, 2001 (Unpublished).
  • Riot (Delphine), Hugues Taraval (1729-1785): Painter Ordinary King. (Article in preparation)
  • Sandoz (Mark), "Hughes Taraval (Paris 1729-1785)", Bulletin of the Society of the History of French Art, 1972 (éd.1973), p. 195-255.

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