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Portrait of Antoine Paris, Conseiller d'Etat

Portrait of Antoine Paris, Conseiller d'Etat, 1724

Hyacinthe Rigaud
French, 1659-1743
Oil on canvas
58-1/2 x 45 in. (148.6 x 114.3 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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Following his move to Paris, Hyacinthe Rigaud became a prominent portrait painter for the French elite. He had an affinity for artists of the Flemish Baroque, whose style influenced the sumptuous pomp and artifice of his paintings.

This portrait depicts Antoine Pâris, the Royal Treasurer to King Louis XIV of France. Pâris paid a hefty 3,000 livres—or roughly six times the average worker’s yearly income—to commission this portrait from Rigaud. Rigaud also made a second version of this painting showing Pâris in three-quarter profile that now resides in the National Gallery in London. This painting’s lavish frame, decorated with fleurs-de-lis and interwoven L’s, dates to the 18th century and is likely original to the portrait.

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