René-Antoine Houasse

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René-Antoine Houasse
François Jouvenet - Portrait de René-Antoine Houasse.jpg
Portrait of René-Antoine Houasse by François Jouvenet
Born1645
DiedMarch 27, 1710(1710-03-27) (aged 64–65)
OccupationPainter
ChildrenMichel Ange Houasse
Parent(s)
  • Nicolas Houasse (father)

René-Antoine Houasse (c. 1645–1710) was a decorative French painter.

He was a pupil of Charles Le Brun, under whose direction he worked at the Manufacture des Gobelins, and with whom he worked on the decoration of the Château de Versailles. He was the director of the French Academy in Rome from 1699 to 1704.

He painted an entire series of paintings depicting various myths involving the Graeco-Roman goddess Athena/Minerva.

René-Antoine Houasse was married on 5 February 1673 with Marie Le Blé, cousin of Charles Le Brun,[1] and they got two children:

He died at the hotel of Gramont in Paris on 27 May 1710.[3]

Major paintings[edit]

  • Allegory of the Royal Magnificence (1678)
  • Ceiling paintings in the salon de l’Abondance, Versailles
  • Salon de Venus, Versailles
  • Terror, Fear and Fright, Salon de Mars, Versailles
  • Morpheus & Iris, (1688), Trianon
  • Cyane turned into a fountain 1688, Trianon
  • Minerva teaching the Rhodians sculpture, 1688, Versailles

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charles Lebrun. Ses Relations avec les Artistes de son Temps (1647-1688)". Revue de l'art français ancien et moderne. Société de l'histoire de l'art français. 1889. p. 261.
  2. ^ Piot, Eugène (1863). "Nicolas Coustou". Le cabinet de l'amateur: années 1861 et 1862. Paris: Librairie Firmin Didot frères. p. 180. ISBN 9785881238025.
  3. ^ Herluison, Henry (1873). Actes d'état-civil d'artistes françcais, peintres, graveurs, architectes. Paris: J. Baur. p. 181.

External links[edit]

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