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Eugène-François-Marie-Joseph Devéria

Paintings Works On Paper Photographs Sculpture


French, 1805 - 1865

Devéria trained with neoclassical artist Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson (1767-1824) at the École des beaux-arts at the same time that Jean Joseph Vaudechamp (1790 - 1866) was a student. He debuted at the Salon in 1827. Although many Louisianans had their portraits painted by Devéria, there is no evidence that he visited the U.S. Louisianans such as Antoine Julien Meffre-Rouzan had their portraits painted by in Paris and shipped to New Orleans


Antoine Julien Meffre-Rouzan - Eugène-François-Marie-Joseph Devéria
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Antoine Julien Meffre-Rouzan
Eugène-François-Marie-Joseph Devéria
Oil on canvas, 51 1/4 x 38 ½ inches
Signed lower right in brown paint, "Eug. Deveria 1833"
Louisiana State Museum, Gift of Estate of Mrs. Paul Brierre, No. 11427.001

Meffre-Rouzan (1809-1889) is presented by the artist as the very model of a dashing Creole gentleman. Born in New Orleans to recent French émigrés, Julien was educated in Paris. In 1840, he married Marie Alix Olivier de Vézin (1820-1890)-a portrait of her by Jean Joseph Vaudechamp is in the Museum's collection. The couple had two daughters and maintained a fashionable home on Esplanade Avenue. He enjoyed gambling and was an avid collector of paintings and sculpture, commissioning this portrait in Paris when he was 22 years old.