Paul Delaroche (1797-1856) is considered one of the most popular academic painters of early 19th century France.
Paul Delaroche Summary:
- Delaroche came from a family of art experts; his father was an art dealer, his uncle was a curator, and his brother was also a painter.
- He attended l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts for two years before leaving as he was not interested in painting landscapes.
- He was encouraged by fellow artists Antoine-jean Gros and Theodore Gericault and pursued historical painting.
- He became a professor at l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts and taught a course that was a cross between classicism and Romanticism.
- Delaroche also painted portraits and religious subjects.