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Ragot Jules Félix

Paris 1835 – 1912 Brussels

French Painte

StillLlife of Wild Flowers

Signature: Signed lower right
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Image size 50 x 40 cm, frame size 72 x 62,50 cm

Ragot Jules Félix, born in Paris in 1835, was a prominent French painter whose artistic journey left an indelible mark on the 19th-century art scene. Guided by the teachings of acclaimed masters Jean Murat and François-Edouard Picot, Ragot embarked on a career that showcased his exceptional talent and commitment to the traditional realist movement with a touch of post-Impressionist influence.

Ragot’s debut at the Salon de 1867 marked the beginning of a prolific career, primarily characterized by his proficiency in portraiture and genre painting, with a particular fondness for still lifes adorned with vibrant flowers. His artistic philosophy embraced realism, emphasizing a truthful representation of subject matter while eschewing artificiality and steering clear of speculative or supernatural elements.

Although not aligned with Impressionism’s emphasis on spontaneous and naturalistic rendering of light and color, Ragot’s work garnered widespread acclaim. He achieved significant recognition in Belgium, where he served as the tutor to Queen Marie-Henriette. His reputation extended to the royal court, with King Leopold II acquiring several of his notable pieces. Renowned art critic Joris-Karl Huysmans, a leading voice of the time, praised Ragot’s contributions in glowing terms.

Active in Saint-Gilles, Ragot’s artistic legacy became an integral part of Belgium’s cultural heritage. His oeuvre, now considered a cultural common good, continues to be celebrated for its realistic depictions and artistic finesse. Jules Félix Ragot passed away in Brussels in 1912 at the age of 77, leaving behind a rich tapestry of artistic achievements that resonate with admirers to this day.

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