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Pygmalion (Raoux) - A painting of a group of people in a room

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Pygmalion (Raoux) - A painting of a group of people in a room

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Painted after his return to France. Pygmalion was suspicious of women, and remained unmarried. He made a statue and fell in love with it. He begs Venus to bring his ivory creation into life. Galatea later becomes Pygmalion's wife.

Jean Raoux was a pupil of Antoine Ranc and Hyacinthe Rigaud. Raoux won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1704, but instead of going to Italy, he stayed in Paris, where he became a successful portraitist. He was elected to the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in 1717, and became a professor at the Academy in 1720. Raoux's style was influenced by Dutch and Flemish genre painting, and his subjects included scenes from everyday life as well as portraits. He died in Paris in 1734.

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1717
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Museo Fabre
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