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 Georges Rodrigues-Henriques  (1830 - 1885)



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Lived/Active: France      Known for: landscape paintings

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Born into a well situated French family with homes in Paris and Port-Marly, Rodrigues-Henriques took his father's seat at the Paris stock exchange after his father's death but sold it circa ten years later to pursue his passion of landscape painting.

October 14, 1830: Georges Rodrigues Henriques was born in Châtillon-sous-Bagneux.  His father, Henri Aaron Rodrigues Henriques, was 32 and his mother, the former Désirée Vieyra-Molina, was 22.

October 30, 1830: Baptism of Georges whose family, though of Sephardic descent, were Catholics.

December 22, 1840: Georges made his First Communion at Sèvres. Little is known of his schooling. During this period, he and his family were living in Paris, where his father was a broker on the Bourse 1853: Georges’ father bought the Château des Lions in Port-Marly.

1855: Although only 57, Henri was in such bad health that he wanted his son to take over his position on the stock-exchange, but what Georges wanted to do was paint.  He enrolled as a student of Picot, a well-known  artist and teacher at that time.

February 18, 1857: Georges relented and took over his father’s position at the Bourse.

May 25,  1858: Georges, now perceived as settled and responsible, married the daughter of a family friend, Lucie de Lafaulotte, at the Madeleine in Paris. The young couple (Georges was 28, Lucie 21) set up house in Paris.

October 22, 1858: The death of Georges’ father, Henri.

1859: The birth of Georges’ first child, Marie.

1860: Valentine born.

1864: A third child was named Henri.

1866: Désirée, Georges’ mother, died at the Château des Lions.
Georges, who inherited the Château, decided to move in there with his family, dividing their time between Paris and Port-Marly.  He sold up his place on the stock exchange to devote his time to his real love: landscape painting,

1868 saw the birth of another daughter, Louise.

1870: The Franco-Prussian War impacted directly on the Rodrigues-Henriques  family.  Georges was drafted into the Garde Mobile, but given his age (40) was posted to the defence of Paris.  The family moved to their Paris home.  On the whole, they weathered the war, the siege, the defeat and the upheaval of the Commune which followed, and were able to go back to the peaceful life of their château.  There, they entertained many guests prominent in the arts.

Camille Corot, who had accepted Georges as a pupil, was also a good friend, and visited the Château des Lions several times, notably in 1872 -1873, presenting Georges in return with at least six paintings of surrounding landscapes and members of the family. These included Le Parc des Lions à Port-Marly (1872), now in the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid, and Le Tournant de la Seine à Port-Marly (1872; with Corot’s dedication on the back), now in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

1873 also saw the birth of a fifth child, Jeanne.

From 1874 onwards, Georges himself contributed regularly to the Paris Salon, and received some recognition for his landscapes, such as the 1877 oil painting La Forêt de Marly-le-Roi.  But, like his father before him, bad health overtook him in middle age.

April 23, 1885: Georges Rodrigues Henriques died in his Paris flat from the effects of typhoid fever, at the age of 54. He was buried in the family vault in Père Lachaise cemetary.

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