Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry: Charlotte Corday

Charlotte Corday: Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry

Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry’s painting of Charlotte Corday can be seen as a riposte to Jacques-Louis David’s treatment of the same subject, the assassination of a wild and bloodthirsty leader of the French Revolution, Jean-Paul Marat. Corday, a royalist sympathizer, here awaits her arrest as Marat lies dying with his hand gripping his bath’s edge.

The work was painted in 1860, 60 years after the French Revolution ended when Baudry was 32 years of age.

Paul-Jacques-Aimé Baudry’s Charlotte Corday is in the Grand Palais in Paris, France.

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