Pierre-Paul Prud'hon  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (April 4, 1758, Cluny, Saône-et-Loire – February 16, 1823) was a French painter and draughtsman[1] best known for his allegorical paintings and portraits.

Life and work

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon received his training in the French provinces and went to Italy when he was twenty-six years old to continue his education. On his return to Paris, he decorated some private mansions and his work for wealthy Parisians led him to be held in high esteem at Napoleon's court.

His painting of Josephine portrays her, not as an Empress but as a lovely attractive woman which led some to think that he might have been in love with her. After the divorce of Napoleon and Josephine, he was also employed by Napoleon' s second wife Marie-Louise.

Prud'hon was at times clearly influenced by Neo-classicism, at other times by Romanticism. Appreciated by other artists and writers like Stendhal, Delacroix, Millet and Baudelaire for his chiaroscuro and convincing realism, he is probably most famous for his Crucifixion[2] (1822), which he painted for St. Etienne's Cathedral in Metz. Crucifixion now hangs in the Louvre.

The young Théodore Géricault had painted copies of work by Prud'hon, whose "thunderously tragic pictures" include his masterpiece, Justice and Divine Vengeance Pursuing Crime, where oppressive darkness and the compositional base of a naked, sprawled corpse obviously anticipate Géricault's painting The Raft of the Medusa.


  • L'Enlèvement de Psyché, 1808 (musée du Louvre)
  • Venus and Adonis[3]
  • À l'argent l'innocence préfère l'amour
  • Les Adieux d'Hector et d'Andromaque
  • L'Amour séduit l'Innocence
  • Le Baron Vivant Denon
  • Portrait de Saint-Just
  • La Justice et la Vengeance Divine poursuivant le Crime, 1808 (musée du Louvre)
  • L'impératrice Joséphine, 1805 (musée du Louvre)
  • Portrait du Roi de Rome, 1811 (musée du Louvre)
  • Thémis et Némésis
  • Le Rêve du Bonheur
  • La Fortune
  • Portrait de Constance Mayer
  • Christ sur la croix
  • La Sagesse et la Vérité descendent sur la terre
  • Le Plaisir et la Philosophie
  • Monsieur Vallet
  • L'Assomption
  • Jeune Zéphyr se balançant au-dessus de l'eau

See also

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