Portrait of Marie-Antoinette - by Joseph Ducreux


Artist - Joseph Ducreux: Born in Nancy, France, Ducreux may have trained with his father, who was also a painter. When Ducreux went to Paris in 1760, he trained as the only student of the pastelist Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, who specialized in portraiture. Jean-Baptiste Greuze was an important influence on Ducreux's oil technique.[1] In 1769, Ducreux was sent to Vienna in order to paint a miniature of Marie-Antoinette (shown left) before she left the city in 1770 and married Louis XVI of France. Ducreux was made a baron and premier peintre de la reine (First Painter to the Queen) in rewards for his services. Ducreux was given this appointment by Marie-Antoinette even though he was not a member of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, which had been founded in 1648. The academy was strictly hierarchical and the posts of first painter, ordinary painter and inspector or inspector general of royal factories were customarily reserved for members of the academy. At the outbreak of the French Revolution, Ducreux traveled to London. There he drew the last portrait ever made of Louis XVI before the king's execution.[2] Jacques-Louis David became one of Ducreux's associates when the latter returned to Paris in 1793. David helped Ducreux continue an official career. Ducreux's residence became an informal salon for artists and musicians, who commissioned portraits from him. One of these musicians was his friend Etienne Méhul, who is said to have based the main character of one of his operas on Ducreux. Ducreux had several children. His eldest son Jules was a painter and infantry captain who died in the Battle of Jemappes; several of his paintings still exist. His other sons died young. His eldest daughter, Rose-Adélaïde Ducreux, also became a painter.

This painting is in half inch scale. Also available in 1:12. Please email us your size we will make a special one it for you.

Measures: 1 1/4" L x 5/8" w x 1/16"D ( 1:24 )

Measures: 2 1/2" L x 1 3/8" w x 1/16"D ( 1:12 )

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Copyright will be 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever is shorter. The law in the US changed, it depends on when the work was originally created. Works created after 1st January 1978 are protected for the creator's lifetime plus 70 years after death; before this is was for less than 30 years.

Portrait of Marie-Antoinette


Joseph Ducreux

Also available in 1:12.

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