Theodore Chasseriau

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Theodore Chasseriau

Portrait of the Artist in a Redingote, 1835
Theodore Chasseriau, (born Sept. 20, 1819, Samana, Dominican Republic—died Oct. 8, 1856, Paris), French painter who attained some measure of success in his attempt to fuse the Neoclassicism of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and the Romanticism of Eugène Delacroix.

As a boy, Chassériau entered the studio of Ingres, following his master to Rome in 1834. Chassériau’s immediate success at the Paris Salon of 1836 was confirmed three years later by a Venus and his “Suzanne,” both in the Louvre. About 1840, however, he began to grow dissatisfied with the art of Ingres.

Around 1843, Chassériau’s style and subject matter began to show the influence of Ingres’s rival, Delacroix, and he began deliberately attempting to combine the rhythmical linear qualities of Ingres with the colouristic methods of the Romantic master. His 15 Othello etchings (1844) and his paintings of Moorish and Jewish life following his trip to North Africa (1846) suggest Delacroix, though Chassériau added an exotic quality of his own. He was also important in the revival of monumental allegorical and religious painting in France, though few of those works survive intact.

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Macbeth and Banquo Meeting the Witches on the Heath, 1855

The Two Sisters, 1843, oil on canvas, 180 x 135 cm, Paris, Louvre

Arab Chiefs Challenging Each Other to Single Combat

The Caliph of Constantine Ali-Hamed Followed by his Escort

Christ on the Mount of Olives

Countess de La Tour-Maubourg


Desdemona Retiring to her Bed

Hadji, Arab Stalion from Constantine Provence

Intérieur juif à Constantine

Jeune fille mauresque, assise dans un riche intérieur

Juives d'Alger au balcon

Mademoiselle Marie-Therese de Cabarrus

Othello and Desdemona in Venice

Portrait of Alexis de Toqueville

Portrait of a Young Woman with Pearl Necklaces

Portrait of Ernest Chasseriau, The Painter's Brother

Portrait of sister Aline

Reverend Father Dominique Lacordaire

Sappho Leaping into the Sea from the Leucadian Promontory

Scene In The Jewish Quarter Of Constantine

Self Portrait

Taleb Seated

Woman and Little Girl of Constantine with a Gazelle

Paris-Saint-Merry Fresko

François VI de La Rochefoucauld

L'Enfant & la poupée, portrait de Laure Stéphanie Pierrugues