(b. 1753, Paris, d. 1809, Paris)
Portrait of the Artist's Wife and Son1790
Oil on canvas, 140 x 100 cm
The painter here depicts his wife, Marie-Pierrette-Antoinette de Saint Redan, with their second and only son, Jules. born in 1790 at the Chateau de Passy, Burgundy. The newborn is positioned in the far background to the right, swaddled in blue silk in his cot, with only his head exposed. His mother, at the centre of the composition, rocks the cradle.