Horace Vernet (French, 1789-1863)
oil on fabric, Framed: 78.5 x 67 x 8 cm (30 7/8 x 26 3/8 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 65 x 54.2 cm (25 9/16 x 21 5/16 in.). Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1977.171
Vernet stands before the Villa Medici, seat of the French Academy in Rome, where he was director from 1829 to 1835. The palette, brushes, and maulstick on the stepladder hint at his talent for painting large canvases. The artist's sideward glance, disheveled hair, and burning cigarette lend him a romantic aura. The recipient of numerous commissions for military paintings, Vernet was patronized by JĂ©rĂ´me Bonaparte (the youngest brother of Napoleon) and later taught at the Ă‰cole des Beaux-Arts.
Paris, HĂ´tel de M. Jean Charpentier. L'art et la vie romantiques (1923), no. 451, Son portrait par lui-mĂŞme, au Vicomte de Breteuil.
CMA. The Artist and the Studio in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (1978), no. 4, 13, 17 (repr.).
French Academy in Rome, Villa Medici (3/5/2003 - 6/29/2003): "MaestĂˇ di Roma, da Napoleon all'Unita d'Italia: Da Ingres a Degas: Les artistes francais a Rome", exh. cat. no. 53, p. 222.
Dahesh Musuem of Art (September 3 - November 2, 2003): "French Artists in Rome: Ingres to Degas, 1803 - 1873"
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