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Jean-Baptiste Isabey
 
 

Isabey with his daughter, 1795, by François Gérard
 
 
Jean-Baptiste Isabey, (born April 11, 1767, Nancy, France—died April 18, 1855, Paris), gifted French painter and printmaker, specializing in portraits and miniatures. He enjoyed official favour from the time of Louis XVI until his death. His portrait Napoleon at Malmaison (1802) is considered one of the best likenesses of the emperor.

Isabey studied under, among others, the celebrated French Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David and received one of his first commissions from Marie-Antoinette, Louis XVI’s consort. Despite his original connections with the monarchy, Isabey created 228 portraits of deputies for a work on the Legislative Assembly during the Revolution. Patronized by Napoleon and Joséphine, he arranged the ceremonies of their coronation and prepared 32 drawings, intended as an official commemoration of the event. He had an immense success at the Salon of 1820 with Isabey’s Boat, a drawing of himself and his family. During the reign of King Louis-Philippe (1830–48), he directed the artists’ studio at the Sèvres porcelain factory. Less known than the portraits are Isabey’s caricatures of many famous European politicians of the first half of the 19th century. Though most of these remained unpublished, they were known to many artists of the time. The genre painter Eugène Isabey (1804–86) was his son and student.

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Louise Antoinette Scholastique Guéheneuc




The Empress Josephine





Adélaïde d'Osmond, comtesse de Boigne





Portrait of Empress Marie-Louise





Napoleon







Volkonskaya Sofia






Murat





Andriy Rozumovsky





C. Bagration,1812


 



Hortensia Beuharnais Bonaparte, Rainha de Holanda






Portrait de la Reine Hortense





Napoleon Bonaparte





Karl Austria Teschen







Portrait Katharina Pawlowna von Russland


 


Catherine Bagration-Skavronskaya





Dorothea Lieven



 


Bagration-Skavronskaya



 


Portrait of Caroline Murat née Bonaparte
 






Catherine Pavlovna


 




Charles-Victor Prévost d'Arlincourt




Portrait de la marquise de Montalembert 1790





Ivan Fonvizin





Izabeła Sanguška (Lubamirskaja)






Prince August of Prussia



 


Miniature of Christine Boyer






Katharina Pawlowa von Russland





Childhood portrait of Oscar Bernadotte, the future King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway




L'Imperatrice Marie-Louise, 1812





Madame de Stael


 


Portrait of the actress Madame Dugazon




Marie Françoise Sophie Nichault de la Valette



Marie Christine Caroline Adélaïde Françoise Léopoldine of Orléans

 



Vasilii Ivanovich Apraksin

 



Napoleon I

 
 
 


The Museum Stairway
1817
Watercolour, 86 x 66 cm
Musйe du Louvre, Paris
 
 
 
 

Joseph Verdier
 
 
 
 

Golitsyn Boris Vladimirovich
 
 
 
 

Portrait du général Drouot, un bandeau sur les yeux
 
 
 

 
 
 
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