Percival L Rosseau

Artist Bio

Orphaned in his native Louisiana during the Civil War, rescued by a slave, raised in Kentucky, cowboy on the Chisholm Trail, hunter of mountain lions with a pack of hounds–life prepared Percival Rousseau to be a painter. As Turner Reuter writes in his encyclopedic work, Animal and Sporting Artists in America, after marrying–in Paris while he studied at the Academie Julian–one of Rousseau’s paintings, of the goddess “Diana with two wolfhounds… met with critical acclaim.” Rousseau had found his subject. Back in America, he would spend the remainder of his career painting canine portraits and hunting scenes for wealthy patrons on the East Coast and in the South.