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Buste du peintre Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (Palais du Luxembourg, Paris)
 
 
Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, (born April 4, 1758, Cluny, France—died Feb. 16, 1823, Paris), French draftsman and painter whose work bridges the Neoclassical spirit of the late 18th century and the more personal expression of 19th-century Romanticism.

After training at Dijon, France, Prud’hon went to Rome (1784), where he became acquainted with the Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova and admired the work of Leonardo da Vinci and Correggio. The latter particularly inspired him to introduce a softer, more sensual effect into French painting, which was then dominated by the austere sculptural style of Jacques-Louis David.

At first Prud’hon survived by drawing for engravers and painting portraits. Brought to the attention of Napoleon, he was employed intermittently as court portraitist and decorator. One of his best-known works, the Portrait of the Empress Joséphine (1805), was influenced by Canova and Correggio and possesses his characteristic seductive mildness and the vaguely romantic, mysterious quality that he invested in his portraits of women.

Prud’hon achieved fame and honour with an allegorical work, Justice and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime (1808). The elegance, fancy, and grace of his work, reminiscent of the pre-Revolutionary era, prompted David to compare him unfavourably with the Rococo master François Boucher. Because of his imperfect understanding of the aging of pigment, Prud’hon’s paintings have darkened badly. His drawings, however, retain their exceptional qualities. Shock resulting from the suicide of his mistress, Constance Mayer, in 1821 is believed to have hastened his death.

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Andromache and Astyanax
Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 
 
 
 


The Night
 
 
 
 

Venus, l'Hymen et l'Amour
1793

 
 
 
 

The Torch of Venus
 
 
 
 

The wisdom and truth
 
 
 
 

The Happy Mother

 
 
 
 


Cupid and Psyche
1793
 
 
 
 



La Inocencia eligiendo el Amor por enciama de las Riquezas






Georges Anthony
1796






Venus and Adonis
1810





Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck with his Wife and Children
1801-02
Oil on canvas, 263,5 x 200 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam



The Empress Josephine
c. 1805
Oil on canvas, 244 x 179 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris



Justice and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime
1808
Oil on canvas, 244 x 294 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris



Venus Bathing
c. 1810
Oil on canvas, 134 x 103 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris




 

The Soul Breaking the Ties


 


Portrait of the King of Rome
1811
Oil on canvas, 46 x 56 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris



Crucifixion
1822
Oil on canvas, 278 x 166 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


 



El triunfo de Bonaparte






David Johnston






The Baron Vivant Denon






El rapto de Psiquis






Love Seduces Innocence






Pleasure and Philosophy






The Zephyr

 
 
 

Minerve conduisant le genie des Arts a l'immortalite


La Glorification du gouvernement de Bourgogne
1786



The Empress Josephine



Constance Mayer in a Short Jacket


 




Nude Viewed from Behind
1810s
Black chalk with white highlights on blue paper
Forsyth Wickes Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 



Nudo



Nudo


Female Nude







Female Nude Raising her Arm







Female Nude







Nude

 


Venus
1812




Adonis


 

Nude





Head of Divine Vengeance






Themis and Nemesis






Amours de Phrosine et Melidore






Standing Female Nude





Nude

 
 
 
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