Aeneas Sacrificing to Neptune  1827.

Aeneas Sacrificing to Neptune 1827.

Aurore C1812

Aurore C1812

Jupiter and Callisto 1820

Aeneas Sacrificing to Neptune 1827.

La Mise au tombeau d'Atala 1808

La Mise au tombeau d’Atala 1808

Le Combat 1814

Le Combat 1814

Le deluge 1806

Le deluge 1806

Mademoiselle Lange as Venus 1798

Mademoiselle Lange as Venus 1798

Mademoiselle Lange en Danaé, 1799

Mademoiselle Lange en Danaé, 1799

Orphee et Eurydice 1827

Orphee et Eurydice 1827

Psyché endormie, 1807

Psyché endormie, 1807

Phaedra Rejecting the Embraces of Theseus

Phaedra Rejecting the Embraces of Theseus 1800

 

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson(1767-1824)
After his father’s death in 1784, Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson joined the studio of Neoclassical titan Jacques-Louis David yet became a pioneer of French Romanticism. He won the Prix de Rome in 1789. Girodet’s Endymion Sleeping, painted in Rome and submitted to the Salon of 1793, showed the influence of Italian artists Antonio Canova and Correggio. Because Girodet’s paintings were coldly sensuous and atmospheric, rather than spartan and heroic like David’s, David disapproved. Girodet soon returned to Paris, where he earned his living by drawing illustrations and painting portraits. Although he scandalized the 1799 Salon with satirical sexual references in his portrait of a courtesan with her protector, Napoleon I nonetheless honored him with commissions. In 1810 Girodet won an important competition, beating out David’s famous masterpiece The Intervention of the Sabine Women.

A contemporary critic viewing Burial of Atalaof 1808 described Girodet’s style as having a “precision of drawing reminiscent of the masterpieces of antiquity, a fresh coloring, a studied effect, and a brush stroke at once generous, fluent, and delicate.” The picture won the Légion d’Honneur. In 1812 Girodet inherited a fortune, painted less, and dedicated himself increasingly to writing tedious poems on aesthetics in a house shuttered to daylight.

Pygmalion and Galatea 1814

Pygmalion and Galatea 1814

The Death of Hippolytus c1810

The Death of Hippolytus c1810

Sleeping Bacchus 1790

Sleeping Bacchus 1790

The Sleep of Endymion 1791

The Sleep of Endymion 1791

Cephalus and Aurora 1810

Cephalus and Aurora 1810

The Birth of Venus 1810

The Birth of Venus 1810