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Beauty, Rarity, History...The M.S. Rau Antiques Blog

Bill Rau

M.S. Rau Antiques

Considered one of the foremost experts on 18th- and 19th-century European and American antiques and fine art, Bill Rau has worked in the family-owned gallery for over 30 years. Bill's extensive knowledge and reputation as a leader places him among the most respected antique experts and gallery owners today.

A New Orleans institution for over 100 years, M.S. Rau Antiques is among the premier antiques galleries in the world. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, their 30,000 square foot showroom houses one of the world’s most extensive and stunning collections of important fine art, rare antiques and breathtaking jewelry.

Blog entries from Beauty, Rarity, History...The M.S. Rau Antiques Blog

This incredible portrait was commissioned as a Royal gift from Princess Charlotte to her lady-in-waiting, Lady Barbara Ponsonby.

Power and Majesty: Sir Edwin Henry Landseer's Royal Equine Portrait

Posted: April 22, 2017 10:02

Strength. Agility. Elegance. No other animal has shaped the course of history like the horse. Domesticated approximately 6,000 years ago, the horse gave humanity a new way to interact with the world around them. By harnessing this amazing creature’s speed, power and genteel nature, people were able to travel great distances, conquer new territories and work the land in ways never-before possible. It is this legendary power and spirit that English animal portraitist Sir Edwin Henry Landseer captured in every masterpiece he composed. The son of an accomplished engraver, Landseer...

Folk Dancers by Jacques Martin-Ferrières.  The artist's inimitable technique, rich with swift and short brushstrokes of opaque color, reveals the strong influence of his father, Henri Martin, and the legendary Post-Impressionist generation before him.

More Than a Name: The Paintings of Jacques Martin-Ferrières

Posted: April 07, 2017 15:14

The paintings of Jacques Martin-Ferrières (1893-1972), abounding with exuberance and skill, stand as brilliantly-hued snapshots of the human spirit. The son of famed Post-Impressionist Henri Martin, Martin-Ferrières sought to step out of his father’s commanding shadow and forge a path of his own, a feat that he not only achieved, but surpassed.  By the age of six, it became clear that art was in Martin-Ferrières’ blood, as he had already begun to draw regularly and dabble in painting. At first, however, he didn’t allow art to be a driving force in his life, deciding instead to devote his...

This exquisite composition entitled "Doge's Palace" by Antoine Bouvard details a golden view of Doge's Palace.  His virtuosity and lively brushwork are striking in this luminous oil on canvas

Bathed in Sunlight: The Venetian Paintings of Antoine Bouvard

Posted: March 27, 2017 08:29

Bursting forth with inimitable warmth, brilliance and adoration of subject, the paintings of French artist Antoine Bouvard are amongst the most highly regarded of the Venetian genre. This paramount painter of Venice was born in the town of L’Isere in eastern France in 1870. Studying at Paris’ École des Beaux-Arts, the young artist initially pursued a career as an architect, studying art and architecture under Simon-Claude Constant-Dufeux. He experienced much success as an architect, becoming the Director of Architectural Services for the Seine and leading the construction of the Bourse...

Set against a serene seascape, the woman in this work, entitled September, exemplifies the elegance of Cassigneul's work.

Art of Inspiration: The Paintings of Jean-Pierre Cassigneul

Posted: February 03, 2017 16:25

Vibrant, evocative and captivating, the works of contemporary French artist Jean-Pierre Cassigneul arouse the senses with their distinctive blend of classical beauty and avant-garde sophistication. Every brushstroke executed through the course of his over-60-year career pays tribute to the modern art masters that came before in a style that is uniquely Cassigneul. Cassigneul’s artistic gifts were evident as a small boy growing up in Paris. Incredibly, with the encouragement of his parents, he had his first solo exhibition at the Lucy Krogh Gallery in 1952 when he was just 17. Then a...

This exquisite garden scene places Blanche Hoschedé-Monet's mastery of the Impressionist aesthetic on full display.

The Forgotten Virtuoso: Blanche Hoschedé-Monet

Posted: January 13, 2017 12:47

With a glorious oeuvre that radiates with the influence of her mentor, step-father and father-in-law Claude Monet, Blanche Hoschedé-Monet’s canvases are amongst the most stunning Impressionist paintings ever composed. Even though, in many ways, her paintings are almost indistinguishable in beauty and technical prowess from the works of the Impressionist master, Hoschedé-Monet has only recently begun to receive her rightful recognition as a pivotal member of the Impressionist Movement. Born into an affluent family in 1865, Hoschedé-Monet began painting at the age of 11, not as a pathway...

Napoleon before the Battle of Moscow by Joseph Franque.  Circa 1812

Iconography of Power: Napoléon and the Arts

Posted: December 15, 2016 15:34

Brilliant general and legendary conqueror, Napoléon Bonaparte was one of the Western world’s most important leaders, as well as one of its greatest patrons of the arts. Few other leaders in world history have understood the power of the image as deeply as Napoléon, and following his meteoric rise to power, he sought to develop a new iconography that bolstered his image in the eyes of the world. Thus, a new age of decorative and fine arts was born that validated his reign, and from behind this new glittering façade, he attempted to conquer the world. The current exhibition at M.S. Rau...

 

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