Monday, October 29, 2007

Jean-Francois de Troy (1679-1752)

French Rococo painter and tapestry designer known for his tableaux de mode, or scenes of the life of the French upper class and aristocracy, especially during the period of the regency; e.g., Hunt Breakfast (1737; Wallace Collection, London) and Luncheon with Oysters (1735; Musee Conde, Chantilly, Fr.). His successful career was based initially on large historical and allegorical compositions (Time Unveiling Truth, National Gallery, London, 1733), but he is now most highly regarded for his smaller and more spirited scenes of elegant social life. They are among the best of those that rode on the wave of Watteau's success--indeed The Alarm (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1723) was attributed to Watteau in the 19th century. In 1738 he was appointed Director of the French Academy in Rome, and spent the rest of his life there. He was one of a family of painters, his father and teacher, François de Troy (1645-1730), being a successful painter of fashionable portraits and Director of the Academy in Paris. - Webmuseum

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