THE ROUX DYNASTY
Ange Joseph Antoine Roux (1765-1835) or Antoine Roux (pére)
Arguably the most successful of all, he was the father and master of Mathieu-Antoine, Frédéric and François Geoffroi. His work remained superior in quality and was the inspiration to a whole following of aspiring French and Italian marine watercolour painters.
Mathieu-Antoine Roux (1799-1872) or Antoine Roux (fils)
As the eldest son, daily exposure to business at the hydrographic shop (for the Roux family's trade was fundamentally that of hydrography and cartography) as well as work always in progress on some new ship picture, naturally inclined him to follow in the paternal footsteps. His work is often confused with that of his father's.
François Joseph Frédéric Roux (1805-1870) or Frédéric Roux
By 1822, at the age of seventeen, he was already painting for profit in his father's studio having developed a style that would have been the envy of many an older practitioner. He became an apprentice to Horace Vernet in the 'atelier Vernet' in Paris at a young age and was soon to embrace great success both within the French court and elsewhere, so much so that he decided in 1835 to move to Le Havre where he became a hydrographer and "painter of marines". His watercolours of Le Havre are admired particularly for their high quality and within his own lifetime he was to receive international acclaim.
François Geoffroi Roux (1811-1882) or François Roux
The youngest of Antoine Roux's sons, François was nominated "Peintre Officiel de la Marine" in 1876. Working, as he did, for most of his life in the family workshop in Marseilles, his work is similar but, if anything, finished in even greater detail. To say that François ultimately came to surpass his father's work would be unfair, but his effortless handling of pigment, maturity of style and incomparable degree of skill give his watercolours a surety of hand capable of executing even the most ambitious works.
There are examples by all members of the Roux family in museums worldwide, including The Peabody Museum of Salem, Le Musée de la Marine, Paris and Le Musée de la Marine, Marseilles. Their dynasty was to influence a whole school of maritime painters and their bold and colourful images of ships, so technically fine in every way, speak for themselves.
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