Delaroche, Paul

PAINTER (FRANCE)
BORN 17 Jul 1797, Paris - DIED 4 Nov 1856, Paris
REAL NAME Delaroche, Hippolyte
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 05)

Paul Delaroche studied with Claude-Henri Watelet and Jean-Antoine Gros. In 1819 he debuted at the Salon in Paris. His work attracted attention in 1824 with a picture of Joan of Arc in prison. He painted many historical subjects during the years, among them "La Mort d'Elisabeth" (1828); "Miss MacDonald secourant le Prétendant"; "Le Supplice de Jane Gray" (1834); "L'Assassinat du duc de Guise".

During the July Monarchy he received many official commissions and in 1832 he was elected into the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1833 he became a professor at the École des beaux-arts. After his St. Cecilia (1837) met with heavy criticism he never exhibited again. He had many pupils who would become famous themselves in later years, but he closed his studio in 1843 after a student was killed there in an accident.

He married a daughter of the painter Horace Vernet. Her early death was a heavy blow for him and troubled his last years.

Related persons
• was teacher to Couture, Thomas
• was teacher to Gérôme, Jean Léon
• was pupil to Gros, Antoine-Jean

Sources
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909

Images

The grave of Paul Delaroche at Montmarte Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 May 2005)

 

The grave of Paul Delaroche at Montmarte Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (19 May 2005)

 

'Jeanne d'arc malade est interrogée dans sa prison par le cardinal de Winchester'.
   (1824, Rouen: Musée des Beaux-Arts)
 

"The Execution of Lady Jane Grey".
   (1834, London: The National Gallery)
 


Delille, Jacques

Published: 23 Sep 2007
Last update: 24 Oct 2015