Jean Rigaud

French, 1912-1999  Biography

A 20th-century French realist and impressionist painter, Jean Rigaud was born in Bordeaux in 1912, just before the beginning of World War I. He was especially known for marine subjects, but also did other subjects including French village scenes and works reflecting his widespread travels, including to Spain, Egypt and Morocco. He was Official Marine Painter for the French governement, and in that capacity traveled to the United States on the ship Jean Bart.

His early training was from his artist and art-teacher father, Pierre Gaston Rigaud, who encouraged his son as well as other students to develop their own unique approach to painting. He then enrolled in the l'Ecole des Beaux Arts at the Atelier André Dewambez.

In 1925, Jean Rigaud began exhibiting at the Paris salons, and this entry began a prolific series of exhibition venues including 53 one-man exhibitions between 1938 and 1974. The Galerie Durand-Ruel featured his work in exhibitions every other year between 1956 and 1974, the last one being the gallery's final exhibition.

Shortly after the death of Jean Rigaud in 1999 at his home in Guyenne, France, a one-man retrospective of his work was sponsored by the Musée de la Marine at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris.

Gold Medal, International Exhibition, Paris, 1937
Prize of Maroco, 1953
Painter of the French Navy Award, 1956

Salon of Paris, 1925
International Exhibition, Paris, 1937
Jean Rigaud Retrospective, Palais de Chaillot, Paris, 1999

National Museum, Paris
Musée de Tours
Musée de Poitiers
Musée Strasbourg