Vernet, Horace

PAINTER (FRANCE)
BORN 30 Jun 1789, Paris: Louvre - DIED 17 Jan 1863, Paris
REAL NAME Vernet, Émile Jean-Horace
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière (division 5)

Horace Vernet was the son of the painter Carle Vernet, who was also a painter and himself the son of the painter Claude Joseph Vernet (1714-1789). He was born at the Louvre, where his parents were housed during the French Revolution. He was a student to F.A. Vincent, but he developed his own, more realistic style. In 1819 he started paiting his large battle scenes.

In 1825 Ingres was elected into the Acedémie des Beaux Arts with one vote more than Vernet. In 1834 that same Ingres succeeded Vernet as the president of the Académie de France in Rome.

Vernet was a patriot and an admirer of Napoleon and painted several battles, among them that of Jena. In 1820 he made "The Clichy Gate, Te Defense of Paris", showing Marshal Moncey and the Parisians resist the allied forces in 1814. It was refused for the Salon of 1822. In 1826 he painted "Battle of the Bridge of Arcole", showing the young Napoleon leading his men across the bridge.

Vernet travelled with the French troops during the Crimean War and also depicted Algerian battles. At a certain moment in time emperor Napoleon III asked him to remove a certain general from a paiting, but he refused, stating he was a painter of history and he wouldn't violate the truth.

Events
1825/6/25: Ingres is elected into the Académie des Beaux Arts
He received one more vote than Horace Vernet and he replaced Vivant Denont, who had been general director of the French Museums.
1834/7/5: Ingres becomes the director of the Académie de France in Rome
He replaced Horace Vernet.

Sources
Wikipedia (English)

Images

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

 

"Judah and Tamar".
   (1840, London: The Wallace Collection)
 


Vespermann, Gerd

Published: 23 Sep 2007
Last update: 13 Jan 2013