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Monsieur Le Bret and his son, Cardin Le Bret

Monsieur Le Bret and his son, Cardin Le Bret

oil on canvas
inscribed (diagonally) in brown paint l.c.l.: Hyacinthe Rigaud pinxit (pinxit underlined) / •1697•
Accession Number
International Painting
Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Law, Civics and Protest Portraits Relationships and Interactions
Subjects (specific)
double portraits drapery (representations) Lebret, Cardin Lebret, Pierre Cardin legal costume people in law wigs

When Hyacinthe Rigaud moved to Paris in 1681, he soon established himself as the finest portrait painter working at the court of Louis XIV. Pierre Cardin Le Bret (1639/40–1711) was a high-ranking official in the administration of Louis XIV. In 1690 Le Bret became the first President of the High Court at Aix, and his son, Cardin Le Bret (1675–1734) succeeded his father after his death. When Rigaud painted this compelling double portrait, Cardin Le Bret was about to assume the intendancy of the province of Béarn in the Pyrénées, his first major appointment.