Portrait of Two Children 1841 , by Jean-Joseph Vaudechamp.
Jean Joseph Vaudechamp (1790–1866) was a French painter born in Rambervillers, Vosges. He was a pupil of Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson. The market in Paris was competitive, so in the winter of 1831–32, he went to try his fortunes in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Louisiana Creole people identified with French culture and selected Vaudechamp to paint portraits for them. Over the next ten years he spent winters in New Orleans, and was a leading portrait painter in the region. Jean Joseph Vaudechamp was the most celebrated painter in New Orleans of the 1830s. Painting prominent citizens of this city, he produced an accomplished body of work that displays his great talent and skill. He died at Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1866.