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Led by third-generation owner and published fine art expert Bill Rau, M.S. Rau Antiques has grown by leaps and bounds since his grandfather Max Rau opened the doors in 1912 to a then-small antiques store in the heart of New Orleans' historic French Quarter. 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, our 25,000 square foot gallery overflows with incredible antiques by names including Tiffany & Co., Paul Revere and Fabergé. Our unparalleled selection of important, original paintings and sculpture spans the 16th through the 21st century, created by legendary artists such as Brueghel, Monet and Rockwell, and our diverse selection of exquisite jewels, including rare colored diamonds, Kashmir sapphires and Burma rubies is without equal.

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With its luminous palette and feathery brushstrokes, "Le Gué aux Cinq Vaches" is exemplary of Corot's mature style.  Oil on canvas.  Signed "Corot", circa 1865

The Landscapes of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Posted: June 13, 2017 10:56

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot is regarded by many as the most important landscape artist of the 19th century. Though he identified primarily with the Barbizon artists that painted in the Forest of Fontainebleau, Corot proved to be a bridge between the academic and the avant-garde, with his canvases showing the earliest hints of the techniques and ideals that led to the formation of Impressionism. Corot took up painting in adolescence, executing his first landscapes inspired by casual nature walks in his late teens. Between 1821 and 1822, the burgeoning artist devoted himself to oil...

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...

 

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