From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Jean-André Rixens (1846 in Saint-Gaudens - February 21 1925 in Paris) was a French painter known for his historical (Orientalist) and portrait paintings.
He decorated the Capitole de Toulouse (Salle des Illustres) and the Hôtel de ville de Paris (Salon des Sciences).
He debueted at the 1876 Paris salon, where he won second and third class medals. In 1889, at the Exposition Universelle, Rixens was awarded a Gold Medal.
Rixens's paintings, such as Death of Cleopatra, show the artist's fascination with the Orient,, as well as his penchant for the mythological. By 1900, Rixens's paintings had made him a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur and a Member of the National Fine Art Society.