ABOUT THE ARTWORK:
Jean-Baptiste Mauzaisse (1784-1844). The painting is entitled “Hercules and Lichas” and made in the year 1820.
In Greek mythology, Lichas was Heracles’ servant, who brought to his master the deadly garment made by Deianira, and as a punishment, was thrown by him into the sea. Lichas is also the sometimes lover of Hercules and taught as bisexual lovers in Greece. Some tales show Lichas living, others don’t.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Jean-Baptiste Mauzaisse was a French painter and prominent lithographer; specializing in battle scenes, male academic studies, and aristocratic portraits. Many of his works were done in collaborations with other artists. He left for Paris at age 19. Coming from humble and low-income background. His father was unable to pay for his art classes and lodging in Paris, so he took “odd jobs,” and even modeled himself to pay his way; until getting prominent internships.
Most of his works are either in the Louvre or in private collections.