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Francois Gerard
 
 

Francois Gérard aged 54, by Sir Thomas Lawrence
 
 
François, Baron Gérard, in full François-pascal-simon Gérard (born May 4, 1770, Rome, Papal States [Italy]—died Jan. 11, 1837, Paris, France), Neoclassical painter best known for his portraits of celebrated European personalities, particularly the leading figures of the French First Empire and Restoration periods.

Gérard first studied under the sculptor Augustin Pajou and later with the painter Jacques-Louis David, whose assistant he became after 1791. In 1793, at David’s request, he was named a member of the French Revolutionary Tribunal, although he took no part in its fatal decisions. Known for the charm of his manner and conversation, as well as for his skill with the brush, Gérard was always able to ingratiate himself with the political faction in power. A favourite of the revolutionaries, he also was acclaimed by Napoleon I and his circle, executing portraits (e.g., “Josephine Bonaparte,” 1799; Louvre, Paris) and historical pieces (e.g., “Battle of Austerlitz,” 1808; Versailles). After Napoleon’s fall he became court painter to Louis XVIII, who made him a baron in 1819. He was later patronized by Charles X, during whose unstable reign he painted the contrived ceiling murals for the Panthéon in Paris (1830).

A portrait of his friend, the miniaturist J.-B. Isabey, and his daughter (1795; Louvre) and Gérard’s famed salon entry “Cupid and Psyche” (1798; Louvre) were among the pictures that established a style that became widely imitated at the turn of the 18th century. Gérard’s painting was closely related to David’s in its intellectualism, cool classicism, highly finished surfaces, and sculptural definition of form. Gérard’s works, especially his portraits, are generally considered to be more elegant than David’s.

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Ossian Awakening the Spirits on the Banks of the Lora with the Sound of his Harp
after 1801
Oil on canvas, 184,5 x 194,5 cm
Kunsthalle, Hamburg






Portrait of Madame Mиre
c. 1802
Oil on canvas, 210 x 129 cm
Private collection






Portrait of Catherine Worlйe, Princesse de Talleyrand-Pйrigord
1804-05
Oil on canvas, 226 x 165 cm
Private collection




The Coronation of Charles X
1827
Oil on canvas, 514 x 972 cm
Musйe des Beaux-Arts, Chartres






St Theresa
1827
Oil on canvas, 172 x 93 cm
Infirmerie Marie-Thйrиse, Paris

 
 
 
 

Jean-Baptist Isabey, Miniaturist, with his Daughter
1795
Oil on canvas, 194,5 x 130 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris
 
 
 
 

Corinne at Cape Miseno
1819
Oil on canvas, 266 x 277 cm
Musйe des Beaux-Arts, Lyon
 
 
 
 

Cupid and Psyche
1798
Oil on canvas, 186 x 132 cm
Musйe du Louvre, Paris
 
 
 
 

Pastorale
 
 
 
 

La Comtesse Regnault de Saint-Jean d'Angély, wood, Musée du Louvre, Paris. 73KB
 
 
 
 

Madame Recamier
1805
Oil on canvas, 255 x 145 cm
Musйe Carnavalet, Paris
 
 
 
 

Constance Ossolinska Lubienska, 1814, oil on canvas. 111KB
 
 
 
 

Belisarius
1797
Oil on canvas, 91 x 74 cm
Private collection
 
 
 
 

Madame Barbier-Walbonne
 
 
 
 

Madame Tallien
 
 
 
 

Portrait of Bonaparte, First Consul
 
 
 
 

Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte
 
 
 
 

Portrait of Josephine
1801
Oil on canvas, 178 x 174 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
 
 
 
 

Caroline Bonaparte, Queen of Naples, and Her Children
Oil on canvas
Private collection
 
 
 
 

Hortense de Beauharnais
 
 
 
 

Hortense de Beauharnais
 
 
 
 

Hortense de Beauharnais
 
 
 

Napoleon at the battle of Austerlitz
 
 
 
 

Marie-Louise, impératrice des français, et le Roi de Rome (1812), château de Versailles.
 
 
 
 

Madame de Stael
 
 
 
 

Jacques MacDonald
 
 
 
 

Carl XIV John Sweden
 
 
 
 

Elisa Napoleona
 
 
 
 

Désirée-Clary
 
 

 
 
 
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