(b Lyon or Grenoble, 1697; d Aix-en-Provence, 22 June 1786).
French painter. He was trained by his father, Charles Arnulphy ( fl
1688), and, apart from the traditional study visit to Rome, whence
he returned in 1722, he spent his life in Aix-en-Provence. Among his
earliest works was a Crucifixion (1722; priv. col.), which was his
only historical subject, except for an altarpiece of Christ Showing
his Heart to the Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque (1742) for the
chapel of the Visitation in the church at Meyreuil, near Aix.
Otherwise, Arnulphy worked exclusively as a portrait painter; his
clients were the haute bourgeoisie and aristocracy of Provence. In
1783 he was appointed a ‘Peintre du Roi’; in 1765 he established in
Aix an art school, in which he played a leading role. Arnulphy’s
works, such as the informal portrait of Mme Simiane and her
Granddaughter (1735; priv. col.) and the more official Portrait of a
Magistrate (1745; Paris, priv. col.), are realistically detailed and
employ a virtuoso technique but also have a certain stiffness and
Portrait de femme àa la robe brodee
Admiral Thomas Mathews
Portrait of Louis-Philippe de Vaudreuil
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