Jean-Baptiste Regnaul  
Jean-Baptiste Regnaul
Jean-Baptiste Regnault (9 October 1754 – 12 November 1829) was a French painter.

Regnault was born in Paris, and began life at sea in a merchant vessel. At the age of fifteen his talent attracted attention, and he was sent to Italy by M. de Monval under the care of Bardin. After his return to Paris, Regnault, in 1776, won the Grand Prix for his painting Alexandre and Diogène, and in 1783 he was elected Academician. His diploma picture, the Education of Achilles by Chiron, is now in the Louvre, as also the Christ taken down from the Cross, originally executed for the royal chapel at Fontainebleau, and two minor works – the Origin of Painting and Pygmalion praying Venus to give Life to his Statue.

Besides various small pictures and allegorical subjects, Regnault was also the author of many large historical paintings; and his school, which reckoned amongst its chief attendants Guérin, Crepin, Lafitte, Blondel, Robert Lefèvre, Henriette Lorimier and Alexandre Menjaud, was for a long while the rival in influence of that of David.

Besides Merry-Joseph Blondel, Pierre-Narcisse Guérin, Robert Lefèvre, and Henriette Lorimier, Jean-Baptiste Regnault's students include: Godefroy Engelmann, Louis Hersent, Charles Paul Landon, Hippolyte Lecomte, Jacques Réattu, Jean-Hilaire Belloc.

Jean-Baptiste Regnault was married first to Sophie Meyer, then Sophie Félicité Beaucourt.

He died in Paris. He is buried in Père-Lachaise Cemetery.

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Pygmalion, 1786 musée national du château et des Trianons

Education of Achilles. 1780/1790

The Origin of Painting: Dibutades Tracing the Portrait of a Shepherd
Oil on canvas, 120 x 140 cm
Musйe National du Château, Versailles

Socrates Dragging Alcibiades from the Embrace of Aspasia
Oil on canvas., 59 x 73 cm
Private collection

The Descent from the Cross
Oil on canvas, 425 x 233 cm
Musйe du Louvre, Paris

The Three Graces
Oil on canvas, 204 x 153 cm
Musйe du Louvre, Paris

The Genius of France between Liberty and Death
Oil on canvas, 60 x 49 cm
Kunsthalle, Hamburg

The Toilet of Venus
Oil on panel, 33 x 27 cm
Private collection


Portrait of Jean-Pierre Bachasson, comte de Montalivet

Alexandre et Diogene

Cupid and Psyché

Death of Cleopatra

Jupiter et Io

Mariage de Jérôme Bonaparte et de Catherine de Wurtemberg

Mort de Desaix à Marengo, 14 juin 1800

L'Homme physique, l'Homme moral, l'Homme intellectuel vers 1810, musée des beaux-arts de Brest

Le Sénat français reçoit les drapeaux pris dans la campagne d'Autriche, 1er janvier 1806

The Judgment of Paris
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